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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 Gregg Galbraith, which he submitted to this site on Monday 2 October 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Gregg Galbraith 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 2 October 2006.
'Sean, thank you for writing and for expressing the desire to include me in the 'Peers' section of your website.
The first time I worked with Gene was when I was playing guitar for Bill Anderson, and Gene appeared on our syndicated television show here in Nashville. It must have been in 1972 or 1973. 'Love In The Hot Afternoon' was on top of the charts, and I was really impressed by this new singer's talent!
Later I had the opportunity to play for Gene as a member of the staff band for the Capital Records show during the disc-jockey convention on a couple of occasions.
I think I've played on about five of Gene's more recent albums, and it's always been a thrill to be around him in the studio. He is the consummate vocal professional! Just hearing that voice of his in your headphones inspires you to play up to the limits of your capability and beyond.
The greatest compliment that can be paid to a singer who has been around for decades is that he sings 'just as good as ever', but that phrase is bandied about far too often, and usually is just down-right incorrect.
Thank you, Gregg Galbraith, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Gregg Galbraith...
Gregg Galbraith is an acclaimed guitar player from Columbus, Indiana where he was born on Monday 29 July 1946. He began taking guitar lessons at the age of ten and, by the time he was fifteen years old, Gregg had 'discovered' country music and knew that he wanted to make Nashville his home.
Gregg moved to Nashville just a couple days after graduating from High School in 1964. He played the Opry for the first time shortly after his 18th birthday, with Bill Carlisle, and worked road dates with him too, until he was drafted into the army in 1966.
Upon his discharge from the army, Gregg Galbraith returned to Nashville and played on the road, on the Opry, and in the studio with Skeeter Davis (Wednesday 30 December 1931 - Sunday 19 September 2004), George Hamilton IV and Bill Anderson until 1976, when he decided to try to stay in town and concentrate on a career as a recording musician.
In addition to playing on Gene Watson's records, Gregg Galbraith has also recorded with George Strait, Reba McEntire, Joe Stampley, Moe Bandy, Merle Haggard, Alabama, Becky Hobbs, Joe Sun, The Kendalls, Leona Williams and Bobby Bare, as well as many international artists from England, Ireland, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Japan and Australia.
Gregg Galbraith first met Gene Watson in the early 1970s, when he appeared on the Bill Anderson syndicated television show.
Gregg's wife Theresa is the sister of steel guitar great Paul Franklin.
Gregg Galbraith made an indelible mark on five of Gene Watson's album releases.
Gregg Galbraith played a variety of guitars on 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991); he played electric guitar on the following tracks:
1 'At Last'
3 'A Gifted Hand'
4 'You Can't Get Arrested In Nashville'
5 'She's Leavin' Looking Good'
6 'This Could Go On Forever'
7 'I Catch Myself'
8 'The Workin' End Of A Hoe'
10 'This Country's Bigger Than Texas'
Gregg Galbraith also played acoustic guitar on track 2 ('You Can't Take It With You When You Go'), and electric guitar and delveccio guitar on track 9 ('Only Yesterday').
Gregg Galbraith also played lead guitar on the Gene Watson albums 'In Other Words' (Broadland Records/Mercury Canada, 1993), 'A Way to Survive' (Step One Records, 1997), 'From The Heart' (RMG Records, 2001), 'Gene Watson: Then & Now' (Koch Records Nashville, 2005) and 'In a Perfect World' (Shanachie Records, 2007).
Gregg Galbraith does not have a website presence. However, Sean Brady has included a link for The Steel Guitar Forum; it was as a result of searching this site that Sean 'stumbled' upon Gregg Galbraith's email address.