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Gene Watson has been singing professionally since the late 1950s and has been a country music (album) recording artist since the late 1960s.
Gene Watson steps into a recording studio, takes his place behind the microphone and magic happens.
Gene Watson's contribution to the country music genre is immeasurable and it is here that you have an opportunity to read reviews of Gene Watson's albums, as published in Country Music People.
Country Music People is the United Kingdom's No. 1 Award Winning Country Music Magazine, and was the recipient of the Country Music Association's 2003 Wesley Rose International Achievement Award.
Country Music People was first published in 1970 and protects its integrity fiercely. The magazine has always brought its readers detailed, honest record reviews untainted by advertising considerations, as well as genuine interviews with country stars that are not faked from interview discs sent out by publicists and record labels.
Country Music People have long ago nailed its colours to the mast where Gene Watson is concerned. The magazine has rigorously championed Gene's cause down through the years and have published a number of reviews of his album releases.
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This CMP review by Craig Baguley, which was published in the April 1991 issue of Country Music People, is reproduced here with the kind permission of the publishers.
Album Review by Craig Baguley
(** out of 5)
'A new album from one of the greatest honky tonk singers in the world, a voice so pure and soulful that one wonders what it takes to get Gene Watson back up there where he belongs. If veteran Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009) can re-launch his career against a backdrop of stetson hats and pretty boy faces, why not Gene?
Watson's last album, 'Back in the Fire', was a fine piece of work that failed to ignite and I certainly don't see this release helping any - there's a lack of heavyweight songwriters and the material is much weaker than on that last outing. There's just nothing in this set that makes one sit up in awe and say 'Jeez, what a song'. There's no 'Chiseled In Stone', no 'Wind Beneath My Wings', no 'Where Love Begins', nothing, apart from that perfect, passionate voice, to raise this album above the mundane.
And the inclusion of the pop ballad standard 'At Last' seems cock-eyed. Although Gene sings the heart out of it, it's more suited to Jack Jones than a true blue country boy. There are just too many good songwriters in Nashville for the need to revert to this, unless it was a tryout for a new direction in Watson's recordings. Or maybe Gene can't get the monster songs because he's not hot enough and Music City songwriters are nothing if not royalty-minded.
That's not to say there isn't some pleasant listening here. The ballads 'A Gifted Hand' and 'Only Yesterday' are quite appealing, while the fast-paced 'You Can't Take It With You When You Go' has a walloping backing track. 'You Can't Get Arrested In Nashville' is probably a little too close to Gene, telling of an old country music star who can't get a record deal any more.
A rethink and an appeal to writers like Buddy Cannon, Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Troy Seals is urgently required'.
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Since this Country Music People album review was published, Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes have passed away:
Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009)
Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004)