• Whenever there’s talk about country music – the genuine, hard-core variety, that is – it’s pretty inevitable that Gene Watson’s name will soon come into the conversation, his being synonymous with pure country music.
• Gene Watson is a godsend to all country music fans who like their music true and honest, and that’s the way it’s always been for this entertainer over the course of five decades, ever since his name first appeared in the Country Music charts some 50 hits ago.
• Born Gary Rene Watson in Palestine, Texas in 1943 but raised in Paris, Texas within a musical family where his father and brother both played guitar. He also learned the instrument and first sang performing professionally in local clubs as a thirteen year old. He soon picked up a reputation as one of the area’s finest singers with his strong tenor vocals and slight nasal tone making him a very popular attraction at Houston’s honky-tonk night spots including The Dynasty where he was resident for several years.
• With songs that run the gamut of emotions, and a voice that convinces he lived them “Back In The Fire” (1989) produced four chart singles ‘Don’t Waste It On The Blues’, ‘Back In The Fire’, ‘The Jukebox Played Along’ and ‘The Great Divide’. Two more hits came with “At Last” (1991), the first being the title track and the second ‘You Can’t Take It With You When You Go’.
• With around 50 country chart hits, Gene was voted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and was one of the first inductees into Houston’s Music Hall of Fame in 2013.