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Country Legend Gene Watson’s Canadian Tour

HELLO FRIENDS – It’s been quite a busy week!   I rolled into Nashville on Monday for a quick rehearsal for the Country Family Reunion show that was taping Tuesday.  Tuesday morning we had a call time of 8:30AM  . First thing that happens is you get hit in the face with a big powder puff.  Those makeup people have to work long hours to powder down all the acts on the show.  After that you can grab some coffee and a little breakfast and visit a few old friends which I enjoy doing, before we start the show.   On this particular day it was a real pleasure seeing some old friends I hadn’t seen in years.  One was the super steel guitar maestro, Buddy Emmons.  Buddy played on so many of my sessions and he’s a real hero to today’s steel players.   I also enjoyed visiting with the honky-tonk and  Western swing great, Curtis Potter. Curtis was also very involved with Step One Records, a label I recorded for.  Of course they seated me next to my good friend, Moe Bandy.  They like me to sit next to him to keep him in line.  For the show,  I sang “Make The World Go Away”.  I know a lot of folks associate this song with Eddy Arnold but for me, it will always be a Ray Price hit.  I first heard it by Ray and his version impressed me so much I recorded it for my new album “My Heroes Have Always Been Country.”   I’m not sure when this CFR will be aired but we will be sure we get that information out for you as soon as we know.    Just after the show taping, I had to rush off to the airport for the flight to Canada.

I’m in Canada the rest of the week – Brantford, Renfew, Marmora and Spencerville. Really looking forward to seeing all my great Canadian fans again. You just don’t know how much I appreciate all of you that drive such long distances to see me. We’re always hoping to get a tour to the west coast of Canada too so be checking back with us to see when we can make that happen.

See you on the road and until then, take care,  Gene

 

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Read Texas Music Magazine’s Review of Gene Watson’s new CD

Check out a great magazine for real country music, TEXAS MUSIC  -  read writer William Michael Smith’s review of Gene Watson’s latest CD  “My Heroes Have Always Been Country”  here:

http://txmusic.com/ezine/tmm_ezine_aug14.pdf

 

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Read The Latest News on Country Legend GENE WATSON

LOTS of photos and news on Gene Watson – read the latest newsletter here:

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Gene Watson In Country Weekly

 

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Gene Watson – Back from Alaska!

Dear Fans – It’s been awhile since we’ve caught up about what’s going on in my world !  I’m just back from the Country Family Reunion cruise to Alaska!  What a great time that was with all those amazing artists and the fun crew from Larry’s Country Diner!!   I think this may have been the best cruise ever -  and each one has been incredible. Musically, we enjoyed outstanding songs from Dailey & Vincent, Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Jimmy Fortune, Rhonda Vincent, Jim Ed Brown, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and of course, my good pal, Moe Bandy.  One amazing song after another just blew me away including Jimmy Fortune with his high tenor singing “How Great Thou Art” with Dailey & Vincent.  I saw more than one teary eye in the crowd on that one. Then Bill Anderson moved the audience to more tears with a beautiful rendition of “Old Army Hat” which he dedicated to a WW II veteran in the audience (the audience were on their feet with an ovation for this great veteran before Bill sang the first note!).   Ms. Jeannie Seely had the audience standing and begging for more when she sang her fun song ,  a parody of the Elvis tune “Are You Lonesome Tonight” in which she laments the agonies of growing old.  Dailey & Vincent knocked it out of the park with a Statler Brothers hit, “I’ll Go To My Grave Loving You”.  You know I like to tease my buddy Moe Bandy ALL the time but besides being one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet, he’s truly one of the best Entertainers you’ll ever see and a powerful singer. He gave outstanding performances of “Bandy The Rodeo Clown” and “Too Old To Die Young”.    If you couldn’t get enough music during the regular shows, the energizer bunny known as Rhonda Vincent, held nightly jams (with her Mom on standup bass and a good crew of other musicians ). I got to hear Moe tell a few jokes one night and then he sang his CMA Song of the Year “It’s a Cheatin’ Situation” with Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo filling in on the original Janie Fricke part. You know you had to be there for that!  There was something musical going all the time — and we haven’t even talked about the great ports in Alaska!  The glaciers we saw were spectacular !  Folks were seeing whales off the side of the ship and it was just something special.  Alaska should be on everyone’s bucket list.   I’ll leave you here with a few photos from the cruise .   Take care and come see us on the road,  Gene

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Top Photo:  Our cruise Ship, the Norwegian Jewel

Middle Photo:   Some of the crazy folks on our trip including Keith & Emy Joe Bilbrey, Tami & Moe Bandy, Randy Little (Boot Daddy),  Nadine and Homer , Jamie Dailey, Moe Bandy , Jimmy  & Nina Fortune and  Jimmy & Michele Capps .

Last photo:  Moe Bandy, Jimmy Fortune and me at the autograph signing

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