Hi Friends – Across the USA , we’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week which was first celebrated by the Pilgrims and Indians with a 3 day feast and made an official government holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 . I hope all of you will be with your family and friends, gathered around the table to enjoy turkey and dressing and all the good food that makes the day extra special. I just wanted to say I’m truly thankful to have great fans who are also good friends and I hope each and every one of you have a very special Thanksgiving holiday. For me, after I’m completely stuffed, I’m going to be in a monster recliner watching my favorite sport- football!
Enjoy this great holiday ! Gene
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The TIVOLI THEATRE in CHATTANOOGA, TN for the Gene Watson & Farewell Party Band show coming January 3, 2015 – is offering Gene fans an opportunity to buy the best seats in the house with a ” Pre-SALE” ! Just call 1-800-514-3849 and provide the password GENE FAN to the operator.
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Seats will go on sale to the general public October 24th so this is the time to take advantage and purchase the best seats in the house at this beautiful, luxurious theater.
Hi Friends- It’s finally Friday and even if you’re retired, you can’t forget how much fun it is when you are off for the weekend! I always think of the George Jones hit “Finally Friday”- what a feel good song. And don’t we all miss our friend George Jones. He had so many great hits but just remembering him now I want to go listen to “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” All that raw emotion in his voice – what a song and what a singer .
The band and I are pleased that we’ve got some new tour dates added, including a rare appearance in Nashville! We’ll be performing December 6th at the brand new CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame. If you’ve been thinking of traveling to Nashville, I hope you’ll visit on that weekend. We’ll also do a few songs at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, December 5th so then you can just knock off a couple of items on your bucket list in one fell swoop. Go to the Opry Friday night AND visit the Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday -then stay for our show there Saturday night. After our show those of you that like to dance and kick it up can head out to all the honky tonks on Nashville’s “lower broadway” area. It’s a lot like Mardi Gras on a Saturday night in Nashville – only cleaner and safer !
Whatever your plans for the weekend, have fun and be safe. You can be sure I’ll be watching a LOT of football!
Take care, Gene
Photo below is from a tour in Canada with George Jones. He always called me to end his shows with him and we’d sing a Gospel song and then he’d sing “Farewell Party” with me. RIP George!
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