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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 2008 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 Jace Everett, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 3 January 2008.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Jace Everett who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Thursday 3 January 2008.
'I actually heard a review of 'In a Perfect World' (Shanachie Records, 2007) on NPR radio back in December. I guess Gene makes music that's too country, too real, and too genuine for most country radio to play!
The new album is fantastic and proves that great songs and an undeniable voice can make music timeless.
I feel like a 16-year old kid again driving around in my beat up Ford listening to Texas radio. Thanks for the country Mr. Watson'.
Thank you, Jace Everett, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Jace Everett...
Jace Everett, whose real name is Beasley, is a native of Evansville, Indiana but his father's jobs kept his family on the move; Jace spent his early years in Indianapolis, Indiana and St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Fort Worth, Texas at the age of six.
While in Texas, Jace Everett learned about his country music roots in church and started playing country music in his church and in school concerts.
While he was growing up, Jace Everett had musical heroes such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) and also developed a love for blues, gospel and rock 'n' roll music. This deep love of music prompted Jace to begin playing guitar at the age of fifteen.
While attending the Methodist Church, Jace Everett contemplated becoming an evangelist. After graduating from high school, he moved to Nashville in 1990 and attended Belmont University. After dropping out of Belmont, Jace flew to Europe to play and tour with a rock music band.
While playing with a band in Monaco, Jace met Patricia who became his wife and they had a son named Jacques. Jace and his new family relocated to Texas, where Jace worked construction and quit the music business in order to spend time with Patricia and Jacques. However, Jace and Patricia divorced in 2000 and she and Jacques returned to Monaco.
Jace Everett's guitar player friend Chris Raspante persuaded him to get his life back on track musically and move back to Nashville. Jace was signed, with the help of Tracy Gershon, to Epic/Sony Records and saw the release of his self-titled debut album in February 2006.
'Jace Everett' (Epic/Sony Records, 2005) contained his debut single 'That's The Kind Of Love I'm In', along with the follow-up single 'Bad Things'.
Tracy Gershon at Epic/Sony was also the song publisher for writer Stephany Delray who Jace married in August 2005. Stephany, who had moved to Nashville in 1989 in order to become an artist in her own right, achieved hit songs recorded by Radney Foster and Chely Wright; Stephany helped Jace write four of the tracks on his self-titled debut album.
Jace Everett accompanied Dierks Bentley to the UK and Ireland during January 2006 for a three-day showcase in Dublin, Ireland, Glasgow, Scotland and London, England, which was sponsored by the Country Music Association (CMA).
This 'New From Nashville' concert series was part of the CMA's continuing effort to expand the country music genre beyond the United States of America.