Take your Valentine to hear the most beautiful voice in Country Music – GENE WATSON! February 12th at the new Fort Live Music Concert in Fort Smith, AR
THE FORT LIVE MUSIC
10301 HWY 45 SOUTH
FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS 72916
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Hi Folks – we’re excited for the New Year and appreciate all of you that have already been in contact asking about concert dates and the new CD that’s about to come out. We start the New Year off January 9th at the Sugar Creek casino in Hinton, OK. They have a beautiful new concert area and I hope you will come join us there. We just added shows for February 12th in Fort Smith, AR at the Fort Live Music Concert and February 20th in Bossier City, LA at the Margaritaville Casino. There are a LOT more great cities in between so check out all our concerts at the top of the page under the TOUR tab.
For my new music, the CD will be out February 26th and the title is REAL.COUNTRY.MUSIC. I believe you can guess from the title what kind of music you’ll hear. I really like it and I know you will too. it is definitely real COUNTRY music. There will be a PRE-SALE announcement very soon. Here is a photo of the front cover. More to come so stay tuned! All the best, Gene
GENE WATSON and producer, DIRK JOHNSON, have once again created a beautiful masterpiece in the studio. The CD is titled REAL.COUNTRY.MUSIC. and the title says it all. Traditional Country Music at its finest! The new Gene Watson CD will release FEBRUARY 26th and we’ll have more on how you can pre-order your autographed copy soon. In the meantime, enjoy this interview with Gene’s PRODUCER, DIRK JOHNSON: Where did you grow up? : In Hiltons, VA (about 1 mile from the Carter Family homeplace) How did you start in the music business? : At 13 I won a talent contest with my band… (I actually won it playing and singing FAREWELL PARTY (!)… I don’t think I’ve ever admitted that to Gene!) I won a recording session at a local studio. As a result, I started working there playing on all of their sessions. Engineering, producing, etc.. I was hooked on studio work.
When I was 16, I graduated high school in my Junior (3rd) year and moved to Nashville to take a job with The Hinsons (a popular Southern Gospel group). I worked with them throughout the rest of their career, playing on and producing their records. I left to tour with TG Sheppard for about a year. Then, as a part of Bill Anderson’s touring/recording band “the Po’ Folks”, I was offered a staff position on two television shows on TNN. I performed on You Can Be A Star, Play It Again Nashville and The Charlie Daniels Talent Roundup for over a period of 10-12 years on TNN. In 1997, I was part of the very first of the Country Family Reunion TV series now seen on RFD-TV Network and I have been honored to be a part of every one since then. Today I own and operate my own studio/production company, DirkWorks. In one of my first recording sessions in Nashville, I played piano on two #1 records on the very same day. I was barely 17. The records were with The Hinsons, who I toured with and later produced. I’ve recorded with, and/or produced folks like Dolly Parton, Trace Adkins, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson (on the Grammy winning Don’t Rock The Jukebox album), Mark Wills, Clay Walker, Keith Whitley, B.J. Thomas, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Bros, John Conlee, Daryle Singletary, Connie Smith, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Clinton Gregory, The Whites, Charlie McCoy, and others….. Asked what my favorite Gene songs are – I will humbly claim USE ME AGAIN as my “favorite” Gene song. It’s one of the first I produced on him with my friend, Alison Krauss, harmonizing and my wife , Gail, doing some beautiful strings. Another favorite is an album track, OLD LOVES NEVER DIE and AFTER THE PARTY(two of the first songs I recorded with Gene), COULDN’T LOVE HAVE PICKED A BETTER PLACE TO DIE and MIRRORS DON’T LIE and of course, FOURTEEN CARAT MIND. (whoops… that’s 6! it’s hard to stop!)
I first met Gene on the set of PLAY IT AGAIN NASHVILLE. I was 20 ! (See YouTube.com/DirkWorks2– Pretty cool to have video of that day!)
For more on Dirk Johnson, check him out here: www.FaceBook.com/dirkworksproductions