Gene Watson’s ‘The Good Ole Days’ (Step One Records, 1996)

Gene Watson: 'The Good Ole Days' (Step One Records, 1996)

‘The Good Ole Days’
Step One Records SOR-0104 (1996)

Gene Watson’s ‘The Good Ole Days’ (Step One Records, 1996) was released By Step One Records on Thursday 24 October 1996.

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About Gene Watson’s ‘The Good Ole Days’…

Overview
Gene Watson’s ‘The Good Ole Days’ (Step One Records, 1996) is an album of exquisite Texas swing and tasteful balladry and includes a track which ultimately put the Gene Watson name firmly back on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart after an absence of some four years.

The song in question, ‘Change Her Mind’, which was written by Danny ‘Bear’ Mayo (Monday 2 October 1950 – Saturday 2 October 1999), Paul Nelson and Larry Boone, entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart on Saturday 25 January 1997.

By March 1997, ‘Change Her Mind’, which was written by Danny ‘Bear’ Mayo (Monday 2 October 1950 – Saturday 2 October 1999), Paul Nelson and Larry Boone, had reached No.44, thanks in no small part by the hard work carried out by an excellent promotion team at Step One Records.

One of the reasons for the revival in Gene Watson’s career at this time can be attributed to the fact that many of the people programming the song for American country music radio did not know who Gene Watson was and thought that he was a new, young artist.

Most listeners to American country music radio thought the same thing. The follow-up single, ‘No Goodbyes’, which was written by Ray Pennington (Friday 22 December 1933 – Wednesday 7 October 2020), didn’t achieve as high a chart position, only reaching the Billboard Top 70.

The release of ‘The Good Ole Days’ (Step One Records, 1996) also afforded Gene Watson the opportunity to re-record three of his hit songs for a new generation of fans; ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), ‘Speak Softly (You’re Talking To My Heart)’ (written by Steve Spurgin and J.D. Mendenhall) and ‘I Don’t Need A Thing At All’ (written by Joe Allen).

‘The Good Ole Days’ (Step One Records, 1996) was produced by Ray Pennington (Friday 22 December 1933 – Wednesday 7 October 2020) and the Recording Engineer was Kevin McManus.

A&R: Todd Mooring.

‘The Good Ole Days’ (Step One Records, 1996) was recorded at Oak Valley Sound Studio in Nashville (Mastering: John Eberle, NRP).

‘The Good Ole Days’
Step One Records SOR 0104 (1996)

1 ‘The Good Ole Days Are Right Now’
Writer: Ray Pennington (Friday 22 December 1933 – Wednesday 7 October 2020)
Publishers: Almarie Music, BMI

2
‘No Goodbyes’
Writer: Ray Pennington (Friday 22 December 1933 – Wednesday 7 October 2020)
Publishers: Almarie Music, BMI

3
‘You Pushed Me To The Limit’
Writer: Ray Pennington (Friday 22 December 1933 – Wednesday 7 October 2020)
Publishers: Almarie Music, BMI

4
‘Change Her Mind’
Writers: Danny ‘Bear’ Mayo (Monday 2 October 1950 – Saturday 2 October 1999), Paul Nelson and Larry Boone
Publishers: Hamstein Cumberland Music, BMI, Larry Boone Publishing Designee

Larry Boone recorded ‘Change Her Mind’, which was written by Danny ‘Bear’ Mayo (Monday 2 October 1950 – Saturday 2 October 1999), Paul Nelson and Larry Boone, and included the track on ‘One Way To Go’ (Columbia Records, 1991).

Tony Toliver recorded ‘Change Her Mind’, which was written by Danny ‘Bear’ Mayo (Monday 2 October 1950 – Saturday 2 October 1999), Paul Nelson and Larry Boone, and included the track on ‘Half Saint, Half Sinner’ (Rising Tide Records, 1996).

5
‘The Man That Broke Your Heart’
Writers: Billy Joe Foster, Tommy Collins (Sunday 28 September 1930 – Tuesday 14 March 2000) and Gene Pistilli (Thursday 27 March 1947 – Tuesday 26 December 2017)
Publishers: Golden Hook Music / Little Ann Music, BMI, Hi Falutin Music ASCAP

6
‘I Don’t Need A Thing At All’
Writer: Joe Allen
Publishers: Joe Allen Music, BMI



This version of ‘I Don’t Need A Thing At All’ (written by Joe Allen) was a re-recording; the original version was included on Gene Watson’s ‘Beautiful Country‘ (Capitol Records, 1977).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘I Don’t Need A Thing At All’ (written by Joe Allen) and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

7
‘Speak Softly (You’re Talking To My Heart)’
Writers: Steve Spurgin and J.D. Mendenhall
Publishers: Booth and Watson Music / BMI



This version of ‘Speak Softly (You’re Talking To My Heart)’ (written by Steve Spurgin and J.D. Mendenhall) was a re-recording; Gene Watson included the original version on ‘Old Loves Never Die‘ (MCA Records, 1981).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Speak Softly (You’re Talking To My Heart)’ (written by Steve Spurgin and J.D. Mendenhall) and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

8
‘Somewhere Beyond Nowhere’
Writer: Mel Holt
Publishers: Lyn Pen Publishing, BMI

Various Artists: 'The Pen of Mel Holt' (Step One Records, 1997)

Gene Watson’s recording of ‘Somewhere Beyond Nowhere’ (written by Mel Holt) was also included on ‘The Pen of Mel Holt’ (Step One Records, 1997), a various artists compilation album.

9
‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’
Writers: Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003)
Publishers: Songs of Polygram International, Inc.



This version of ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), was a re-recording; Gene Watson included the original version on ‘Love in the Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

10
‘Getting Over You Again’
Writers: Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb
Publishers: Millstone Music Company ASCAP, Screen Gems EMI Music Inc obo Baray Music Inc, BMI

Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 – Monday 16 December 2013) recorded ‘Getting Over You Again’, which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb, and included the track on ‘Town & Country’ (Dimension Records, 1981).

11
‘Where I’m Concerned’
Writer: Ray Pennington (Friday 22 December 1933 – Wednesday 7 October 2020)
Publishers: Almarie Music, BMI

 Read a Country Music People review of Gene Watson’s ‘The Good Ole Days‘ (Step One Records, 1997)

The review, which was written by Craig Baguley, was published in the January 1997 issue of the United Kingdom monthly publication Country Music People.

‘The Good Ole Days’
Step One Records SOR 0104 (1996)

Musician Credits
Lead Guitar: Kelly Back
Acoustic Guitar: Bobby All (passed away on Thursday 19 March 2009)
Piano and Keyboards: Dirk Johnson
Steel Guitar: Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015)
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Fiddle: Aubrey Haynie, Rob Hajacos and Hoot Hester (Monday 13 August 1931 – Tuesday 30 August 2016)
Mandolin: Hoot Hester (Monday 13 August 1931 – Tuesday 30 August 2016)
Drums: Jerry Kroon
Brass and Horns: Steve W. Maudlin Horns
Strings: Kris Wilkinson Strings
Harmony Vocals: John Wesley Ryles and Margie Cates Trio