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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 2009 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Bobbie Cryner, which she submitted to this site on Monday 3 August 2009.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Bobbie Cryner who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Monday 3 August 2009.
'Thank you for asking, Sean.
Here's a quote I came up with that fits Gene Watson to a T.
Having such talent as Gene Watson in the country music family is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. His music will be known for generations to come.
This is truly what I feel about Gene Watson's music!'
Thank you, Bobbie Cryner, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Bobbie Cryner...
Bobbie Cryner was born Phyllis Eileen Criner in Woodland, California on Wednesday 13 September 1961.
On Tuesday 24 August 1993, Bobbie Cryner saw the release of her self-titled debut album 'Bobbie Cryner' (Epic Records, 1993), which was co-produced by Doug Johnson and Carl Jackson.
'Bobbie Cryner' (Epic Records, 1993) was highly acclaimed and featured six of Bobbie's original songs, namely 'Daddy Laid The Blues On Me', 'I Think It's Over Now', 'Leavin' Houston Blues', 'You Could Steal Me' (co-written with Jesse Hunter), 'I'm Through Waitin' On You' (co-written with Zach Turner and Tim Nichols) and 'This Heart Speaks For Itself'.
'Bobbie Cryner' (Epic Records, 1993) also included 'Too Many Tears Too Late' (co-written by Carl Jackson and Jim Weatherly), along with 'I Don't Care', a duet with Dwight Yoakam, which was originally recorded by Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006).
Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006) and The Buckaroos originally recorded 'I Don't Care' and included the track as the title cut of 'I Don't Care' (Capitol Records, 1964).
While 'Bobbie Cryner' (Epic Records, 1993) was well-received critically, it failed to chart and, as a consequence, Bobbie Cryner was dropped from the roster at Epic Records.
Bobbie Cryner appeared briefly in 'Something To Talk About', a 1995 film directed by Lars Sven 'Lasse' Hallström, from a screenplay written by Callie Khouri and which starred Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall and Gena Rowlands; the film was shot in Savannah, Georgia.
In 1996, Bobbie Cryner returned to the country music genre on a new record label, MCA Records; Bobbie then saw the release of her second album, 'Girl Of Your Dreams' (MCA Records, 1996), on Tuesday 2 January 1996.
'Girl Of Your Dreams' (MCA Records, 1996) was produced by Tony Brown, head of MCA Records and featured a more straight-ahead, contemporary country music feel.
As with the first album, 'Bobbie Cryner' (Epic Records, 1993), Bobbie Cryner wrote five of the songs on 'Girl Of Your Dreams' (MCA Records, 1996); 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' (co-written with Sonny Le Maire and Kent Blazy), 'The Girl Of Your Dreams', 'Vision Of Loneliness', 'You'd Think He'd Know Me Better' and 'Nobody Leaves' (co-written with David Stephenson).
'Girl Of Your Dreams' (MCA Records, 1996) included two cover versions; 'Son Of A Preacher Man' had originally been recorded by Dusty Springfield in 1969 and was included on 'Dusty In Memphis' (Atlantic Records, 1969).
'A Lesson In Leaving' had originally been recorded by Dottie West (Tuesday 11 October 1932 - Wednesday 4 September 1991); Dottie West's version of 'A Lesson In Leaving' was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in April/May 1980 and was included on 'Special Delivery' (Liberty Records, 1979).
Bobbie Cryner continued writing songs for other influential artists in the country music field, including the following:
Lorrie Morgan recorded Bobbie Cryner's 'You'd Think He'd Know Me Better' and included the track on 'Shakin' Things Up' (BNA Records, 1997); the track reached No.66 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1997.
Suzy Bogguss recorded Bobbie Cryner's 'Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt' and included the track on 'Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt' (Liberty Records, 1998); the track reached No.75 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1998.
Trisha Yearwood recorded Bobbie Cryner's 'Real Live Woman' and included the track on 'Real Live Woman' (MCA Records, 1999); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1999.
Lee Ann Womack recorded Bobbie Cryner's 'Stronger Than I Am' and included the track on 'I Hope You Dance' (MCA Nashville, 2000).
Amie Comeaux (Saturday 4 December 1976 - Sunday 21 December 1997) recorded Bobbie Cryner's 'You Could Steal Me'; the track was subsequently included on 'Memories Left Behind' (Beaujo Music Records, 2007).
Mandy Heinemann recorded Bobbie Cryner's 'Real Live Woman' and included the track on 'The Real Me' (Right Side Up Records, 2013).
Bobbie Cryner also regularly plays at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, a tavern/restaurant that features singer/songwriters.