Gene Watson Elected to Houston Music Hall of Fame
GENE WATSON ELECTED TO HOUSTON MUSIC HALL OF FAME
In honor of the Houston Press Music Awards’ 25th anniversary, the Houston Press created the Houston Music Hall of Fame. Houston based, country music legend, Gene Watson, was among the first to be inducted at the ceremony held August 6th, 2013.
Although approaching 70 years old, Watson is now more popular than ever and remains a major draw on the tour circuit . He still sings in the same key as he did 30 years ago and remains a staunchly classic country traditionalist. His pure vocal tone and ability to hit octave jumping notes have earned him the insider’s nickname as “the singer’s singer.”
Houston Press music journalist wrote: “With the recent passing of George Jones, it is actually possible to say — with no disrespect to Ray Price, Willie Nelson or Johnny Bush — that Watson, known in the industry as “The Singer’s Singer,” is now the greatest pure vocalist left among working, Auto-Tune-free country singers.”
Watson, on the road to shows in Nevada, was unable to accept his award in person but stated “It’s a great, personal honor to be inducted into the first ever class in the Houston Music Hall of Fame. I’m so proud to live in Houston and the great state of Texas and to be elected into the very first group in the Houston Music Hall of Fame is very humbling. I worked all day in the body shops and performed all night at the many, great clubs in Houston and that’s how I was discovered and got my start in the music business. I’m so grateful to everyone who made this honor possible. I didn’t get a lot of awards from Nashville in my younger days but receiving this honor at this time in my career, well, it’s just all the sweeter.”
Read more about the awards here http://www.houstonpress.com/2013-08-01/music/music-hall-of-fame/4/