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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 CMP review by Al Moir, which was published in the November 2008 issue of Country Music People, is reproduced here with the kind permission of the publishers.
Album Review by Al Moir
(***** out of 5)
'Gene Watson is the epitome of genuine honky tonk music but, despite having enjoyed 21 top twenty hits between 1975 and 1997, and having released numerous excellent albums on, firstly, Capitol Records, followed by MCA, Epic and Warner Brothers, he was never really accorded the level of recognition he deserved.
As the face of country music altered and countless new names showed a willingness to bow to the demands of mainstream country, Watson steadfastly remained true to his roots, a stance highly commended by followers of a more traditional approach. To the best of my knowledge, the four albums he released on MCA between 1981 and 1983 - 'Old Loves Never Die', 'Between This Time and The Next Time', 'This Dream's on Me' and 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' - from which these 20 tracks have been compiled, have never been made available on CD.
Watson excelled at sad tales of losers in love, the very bedrock of honky tonk, and there is no shortage here: 'Fourteen Carat Mind' (his only Billboard #1 hit), 'Lonely Me', 'Maybe I Should Have Been Listening', 'Sometimes I Get Lucky And Forget', 'Old Loves Never Die' and 'You're Just Another Beer Drinkin' Song' being prime examples of the genre.
Another staple theme of honky tonk is, of course, cheating songs, and these too are well represented through titles like 'Til Melinda Comes Around', 'You Sure Make Cheatin' Seem Easy' and 'What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her'. Watson infuses songs like these with such soul that he makes them totally convincing.
The same passion is evident when he tackles songs of remorse and straight down the line love ballads as he does on 'This Dream's On Me', 'You Waltzed Yourself Right Into My Life', 'Baby Me Baby', 'If I Were You, I'd Fall In Love With Me', 'Roads And Other Reasons' and 'The Girl I Used To Run Around On'. Add to these Tom T. Hall's tragic 'Three' and the ironic 'From Cotton To Satin' and you have a carefully thought out selection of material from some of the finest writers of the time.
Long-time fans will welcome this generous offering to supplement their 25-year-old vinyl copies and, just as importantly, newer followers of honky tonk who are less familiar with one of the greatest exponents of the genre will find this to be an excellent introduction to Gene Watson and his music'.
Country Music People