Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Tommy Alverson: October 2006

Gene Watson’s Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as ‘the singer’s singer’ – and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson’s Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2006, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Tommy Alverson, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 10 October 2006.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Tommy Alverson who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.

Tommy Alverson
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 10 October 2006.

‘Sean, I feel honoured you would ask me to do this.  Thank you very much.

Here goes: As an artist in Texas, I cut my teeth on ‘Fourteen Carat Mind‘ (played it every night), ‘Farewell Party‘ and ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘.

Gene Watson: 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991)

When I heard ‘At Last‘, it was the icing on the cake.

Gene is one of those singers when you hear him you know immediately who it is.

I got to play a show with Gene in Mineral Wells, Texas about two years ago and he’s still as strong as ever.

What a voice!

God Bless Gene Watson!’

Thank you, Tommy Alverson, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Tommy Alverson…

Tommy Alverson has been a dynamic figure on the Texas music scene for many years and is respected by all who meet him.

Tommy Alverson has a loyal fan base throughout Texas, as well as overseas with his song-writing and soulful performances.

Tommy Alverson has shared the stage with a number of Texas country music legends, including Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush (Sunday 17 February 1935 – Friday 16 October 2020), Johnny Gimble (Sunday 30 May 1926 – Saturday 9 May 2015), Leon Rausch (Sunday 2 October 1927 – Tuesday 14 May 2019), Jerry Jeff Walker (Monday 16 March 1942 – Friday 24 October 2020), Clay Blaker, Gary P. Nunn, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Radney Foster and Steven Fromholz (Friday 8 June 1945 – Sunday 19 January 2014), as well as artists regarded as ‘the new outlaws’ of country music, namely Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Charlie Robison (Tuesday 1 September 1964 – Sunday 10 September 2023), Cory Morrow, Dale Watson and Jim Lauderdale.

In 2000, Tommy Alverson saw the release of ‘Me On The Jukebox’ (Crystal Clear Sound Smith Records, 2000).

It was also in 2000 when Tommy Alverson saw the release of ‘Live At Ozona’ (Two of A Kind Records, 2000), which included the following tracks:

‘Texas Woman’
‘Invitation To The Blues’
‘Purty Boys’
‘Not Tonight, I’ve Got A Heartache’
‘I Wouldn’t Trade Texas’
‘Empty Glass’
‘What’s The Matter With My Baby’
‘Rita Ballou’
‘Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground’
‘Cheeseburger In Paradise’
‘I Forgot’
‘After Love’
‘Tonight He’s A Nimber’
‘Follow Your Heart’

In 2003, Tommy Alverson saw the release of ‘Alive & Pickin’ (Smith Entertainment Records, 2003), which featured The Tommy Alverson Band and was recorded ‘live’ at the historic Chatauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie, Texas.

It was also in 2003 when Tommy Alverson saw the release of ‘Texasongs’ (Smith Music Group Records, 2003), which was a compilation of his first two cassette releases, ‘From The Heart of Hill County’ and ‘Always In My Heart’.

On Tuesday 2 October 2007, Tommy Alverson saw the release of ‘Country To The Bone’ (Palo Duro Records, 2007), which included the following tracks:

‘Country To The Bone’
‘Be Real’
‘Got Here As Fast As I Could’
‘I Can’t Convince My Heart’
‘Just Like Hank’
‘She Found Something In Me’
‘This Buzz Is For You’
‘Second Hand Love’
‘I’ll Still Be Around’
‘Tequila Rose’
‘She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye’
‘Upside Down’
‘Welcome To Paradise’
‘Texas Woman’

On Tuesday 12 February 2008, Tommy Alverson saw the release of ‘Heroes & Friends’ (Palo Duro Records, 2008), which featured several guest artists, including Ed Burleson, Johnny Bush (Sunday 17 February 1935 – Friday 16 October 2020), Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rusty Wier (Wednesday 3 May 1944 – Friday 9 October 2009), Gary P. Nunn, Leon Rausch (Sunday 2 October 1927 – Tuesday 14 May 2019), Heather Morgan and Jerry Max Lane.

Tommy Alverson’s ‘Heroes & Friends’ (Palo Duro Records, 2008) included the following tracks:

‘Maybe In Mexico’
‘Anytime, Anywhere’
‘I Feel Like Drinkin’ Today’
‘Bordertown Girl’
‘I Can’t Help Myself Darlin’
‘Cheryl Doreen’
‘It Could Be Much Worse’
‘Invitation To The Blues’
‘My Hometown’
‘Deep Water’
‘My Way Or The Highway’
‘Tear Joint’
‘I’m A Memory’
‘What’d I Come In Here For’
‘Just Someone I Used To Know’, which was written by Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 – Thursday 8 August 2013)
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Johnny Rodriguez & Johnny Bush: 'Texas Legends' (Heart of Texas Records, 2009)

Johnny Rodriguez & Johnny Bush (Sunday 17 February 1935 – Friday 16 October 2020) recorded Tommy Alverson’s ‘Troubles’ and included the track on ‘Texas Legends’ (Heart of Texas Records, 2009).

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