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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 2006 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 Ernie Rowell, which he submitted to this site on Monday 6 June 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Ernie Rowell who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Monday 6 June 2006.
'Gene Watson is, without a doubt, one of the best country singers ever. Gene's voice is impeccably true with a style all his own. When he sings, engineers don't have to worry about tuning notes like most do today. He delivers it right without the props.
I've had a few cuts in my years in Nashville, but none have thrilled me more than my Gene Watson cuts.
There's a new breed of country writers and singers in Nashville today and I'm glad to say a lot of them are Gene Watson fans. It should be that way!'
Thank you, Ernie Rowell, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Ernie Rowell...
Ernie Rowell was born in Auburn, Alabama and grew up in nearby Loachapoka. After graduating from high school, Ernie Rowell attended Auburn University. Upon gaining his college degree, Ernie moved to Nashville, where he hoped to pursue a career within the country music business.
Ernie Rowell has had the privilege of working with counttry music superstars, including George Jones, Ray Price and Mel Tillis. Ernie spent a total of eleven years with these three artists, performing for audiences all over the United States, the provinces of Canada and several other countries.
Ernie Rowell has enjoyed some secular chart success on his own and, as a songwriter, his compositions have been recorded by George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis, Ricky Van Shelton, Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 - Wednesday 19 February 2003) and Gene Watson, among others.
Kenny Rogers recorded Ernie Rowell's 'Buried Treasures' (co-written with Charlie Philips) and included the track on 'Love or Something Like It' (United Artists Records, 1978).
Moe Bandy recorded Ernie Rowell's 'I Just Can't Leave Those Honky Tonks Alone' (co-written with Virgil Warner) and included the track on 'The Champ' (Columbia Records, 1980).
Gene Watson recorded Ernie Rowell's 'What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her' (co-written with Dave Lindsey) and included the track on 'This Dream's on Me' (MCA Records, 1982).
Gene Watson recorded Ernie Rowell's 'Sometimes I Get Lucky And Forget' (co-written with Bob House) and included the track on 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983).
Gene Watson recorded Ernie Rowell's 'You Put Out An Old Flame Last Night' (co-written with Dave Lindsey) and included the track on 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983).
Gene Watson recorded Ernie Rowell's 'I Guess You Had To Be There' (co-written with Dave Lindsey and Matt Lindsey) and included the track on 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984).
Gene Watson recorded Ernie Rowell's 'Independence Day' (co-written with Dave Lindsey) and included the track on 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984).
Gene Watson recorded Ernie Rowell's 'Everything I Used To Do' and included the track on 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986).
Ricky Van Shelton recorded Ernie Rowell's 'Foolish Pride' (co-written with Mel Tillis) and included the track on 'Fried Green Tomatoes' (Audium Records, 2000).
Red Jenkins recorded Ernie Rowell's 'What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her' (co-written with Dave Lindsey) and included the track on 'Hank & Jack' (Red Hot Songs Records, 2011).
At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson Peer's Quote, in June 2006, Ernie Rowell was a Christian country music artist and had seen the release of two collections of gospel material; 'In His Will' and 'Favourites'.