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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 Jimmy Melton, which he submitted to this site on Monday 6 October 2008.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Jimmy Melton 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 October 2008.
He's been my favourite since I was a kid listening to him on the tractor radio and going to many of his concerts. His live performances are simply the best in the business and I've been in the business a while myself.
I love Gene's singing so much that I tried my best to copy his phrasing on a song I wrote a few years back called 'The Coast Of Texas'. I sang the demo, and when Gene heard it, he said 'that's just the way I'm gonna sing it', and he did (except he beat me on it!).
Hearing Gene Watson's voice on something I wrote is one of the biggest thrills of my life as a songwriter...I'm still his biggest fan'.
Thank you, Jimmy Melton, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Jimmy Melton...
Jimmy Melton was born on Tuesday 22 August 1967 and began his career as a musician at the age of eight when his father taught him how to play the guitar. He later learned how to play the banjo and, at the age of twelve, he became one of the youngest performers ever to appear on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
It was soon thereafter that Jimmy Melton was invited to appear with guitar legend Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001) on 'Pop Goes The Country', a popular country music series on television. It was also at this time that Jimmy Melton had the opportunity to perform with artists he considered heroes, including bluegrass music legends Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996) and Earl Scruggs (Sunday 6 January 1924 - Wednesday 28 March 2012).
By the time he reached his late teens, Jimmy Melton had spent the greater part of ten years touring various summer bluegrass festivals and fairs.
Jimmy Melton moved on from the bluegrass music scene in his early twenties, formed a country band, bought a big PA system and played the county fair and dancehall circuit in and around his native west Tennessee.
Jimmy Melton has dabbled in song-writing as far back as he can recall, so he moved to Nashville in order to pursue his career; he landed his first publishing deal in 1996 with Murrah Music, owned by Hall of Fame songwriter Roger Murrah.
Jimmy Melton then moved on to write for another Hall of Famer, the legendary Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002), an opportunity which gave him a further opportunity to hone his craft with one of the great writers in country music.
Jimmy Melton entered into a new publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing in Nashville and began working on building a catalogue there. He also worked as a session musician, playing on many albums, as well as his own recordings.
Jimmy Melton's original compositions have been recorded by a stellar line-up of artists that reads like a who's who of country music, including Hank Williams Junior, Mark Chesnutt, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Kenny Rogers, Neal Coty, Steve Fox, Gene Watson, Ken Mellons, Chely Wright, Amber Dotson, Kevin Denney, Brian McComas, Craig Morgan, Trent Willmon, Tracy Lawrence, Dierks Bentley, Neal McCoy, Shannon Walker, Dean Brody, Ash Bowers, Joe Nichols and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013).
Craig Morgan recorded Jimmy Melton's 'Every Friday Afternoon' (co-written with Neal Coty) and included the track on 'I Love It' (Broken Bow Records, 2003).
Hank Williams Junior recorded Jimmy Melton's 'I'm One Of You' (co-written with Neal Coty) and included the track on 'I'm One Of You' (Curb Records, 2003).
Blake Shelton recorded Jimmy Melton's 'When Somebody Knows You That Well', which was co-written with Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011), and included the track on 'Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill' (Warner Bros. Records, 2004).
Craig Morgan recorded Jimmy Melton's 'It Took A Woman' (co-written with Dave Turnbull) and included the track on 'That's Why' (BNA Records, 2008).
Daryle Singletary recorded Jimmy Melton's 'That's Why God Made Me', which was co-written with Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) and included the track on 'Rockin' In The Country' (E1 Music Records, 2009).
Gene Watson and Jimmy Melton at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville on Wednesday 26 August 2009
American Songwriter Series Profile of Jimmy Melton