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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2005 were most gracious with their time & words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Andy Griggs, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 9 March 2005.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Andy Griggs who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 9 March 2005.
'Gene Watson is one of the 'Last of the Mohicans'.
Gene is an outlaw and a legend...he's one of a kind'.
Thank you, Andy Griggs, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Andy Griggs...
Andy Griggs is from West Monroe, Louisiana and was exposed to country music at an early age by his guitar-playing father. Andy moved to Nashville, with guitar in hand, in 1994 and quickly made a name for himself.
Thanks to the efforts of producer/songwriter David Malloy, Andy Griggs auditioned live for Joe Galante at RCA Records two years later in 1997.
Andy Griggs' debut album, 'You Won't Ever Be Lonely' (RCA Records, 1998), was released in 1998 and included three Billboard Top 10 country hits; 'You Won't Ever Be Lonely', 'I'll Go Crazy' and 'She's More'.
Andy Griggs' 'You Won't Ever Be Lonely' (RCA Records, 1998) also included a duet, 'Shine On Me', with Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002), one of Andy's musical heroes, as well as a scorching rendition of Rodney Crowell's 'Ain't Livin' Long Like This'. Andy Griggs' 'You Won't Ever Be Lonely' (RCA Records, 1998) was certified gold in 2000.
Tracy Byrd recorded Paul Overstreet's 'The Truth About Men' (co-written with Tim Johnson and Rory Lee Feek) and included the track on 'Truth About Men' (RCA Records, 2003); the track featured guest vocals from Blake Shelton, Andy Griggs and Montgomery Gentry.
Andy Griggs followed his debut album with two more solid efforts, 'Freedom' (RCA Records, 2002) and 'This I Gotta See' (RCA Records, 2004). He decided, however, to change things in 2005 when he signed with a new label, Montage Music Group, where he was offered more creative freedom than he had enjoyed at RCA Nashville.
When Andy Griggs heard about the team being assembled at new label Montage Music Group, he knew he was in the right place. He then set out to find a new producer to help him celebrate and embrace his newfound musical freedom. A fellow co-writer at his publishing company Hori Pro, Frank Myers, helped him produce a couple of demos and Andy quickly recognised the chemistry the two began to have in the studio.
Andy Griggs had always been a fan of Frank Myers' song-writing and the way that he produced demos. They wrote a couple of songs together and Frank produced them and Andy just fell in love with his production.
By the time Andy Griggs signed with Montage, Frank Myers was at the top of his list to produce his new album which was titled 'What If It's Me'.
Andy Griggs recorded Kent Blazy's 'If You Had Called Yesterday' (co-written with Cory Batten and Wendell Mobley) and included the track on 'The Good Life' (Montage Music Group, 2008).