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Gene Watson has been singing professionally since the late 1950s & has been a country music (album) recording artist since the late 1960s.
Gene Watson steps into a recording studio and, like a great chef, uses the perfect ingredients to create an aural feast. When Gene Watson takes a step behind the microphone, 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.
All reviews have been reproduced with the kind permission of Country Music People.
This review by Bob Powell, which was published in the March 1984 issue of Country Music People, is reproduced here with the kind permission of the publishers.
Album Review by Bob Powell
(**** out of 5)
'When Gene Watson hit the country charts way back in 1975 he was singing honky tonk songs, and now nearly nine years later he is doing exactly the same thing, and achieving great success with it. He once told me that if he couldn't perform the sort of music he liked, he would go back to repairing cars, and I believe him.
At time of writing, Gene's only single from this LP, 'Drinking My Way Back Home', is a top ten hit, and a real raunchy tune it is too, the unusual thing about it though, in these days of four minute hits, it is barely two minutes long. There are plenty of potential hits here, but my favourite is the title track, a great tune, but a sad song, about a family breaking up, 'Little By Little'. It is composed by Danny Morrison and Larry Keith.
The better known pair of Warren Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) (both formerly on major labels as singers) have a fine treatment done on their song 'Forever Again', while another of my favourites is Ronny Scafe (1947 - Wednesday 3 November 2010) and Jerry Hays' 'The Chesapeake Bay'. The straight down the line production is by Watson, and the man who has been with him throughout, Russ Reeder, and the basic backing is by Gene's own Farewell Party Band that now includes former hit-parade singer Tony Booth and his brother Larry. A good, if unexciting, honky tonk album this'.
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Since the publication of this review of Gene Watson's 'Little By Little' (MCA Records, 1984), in the March 1984 issue of Country Music People, Dave Kirby has passed away:
Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)