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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 John Jorgenson, which he submitted to this site on Friday 30 June 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to John Jorgenson who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Friday 30 June 2006.
'I am happy to contribute a quote for your site.
Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' was one of my first experiences as an A-team session player in Nashville.
I was brought in by Paul Worley, who had produced the Desert Rose Band, and I was a little nervous to not only be the new guy, but the youngest and one from California as opposed to Nashville.
Gene was wonderful to work with and made me feel very comfortable. I was also amazed at how incredibly well he sang during the tracking sessions - his tracking vocals were better than most singer's final vocals.
I was inspired by his singing to play as well as possible and, looking back, I couldn't have asked for a better introduction into the world of Nashville sessions than to work with a master like Gene Watson'.
Thank you, John Jorgenson, for your support of Gene Watson.
About John Jorgenson...
John Jorgenson, who is from southern California is a three-time winner of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for 'Guitarist of the Year'.
In 1986, John Jorgenson joined forces with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen to form the Desert Rose Band, a truly traditional country-rock outfit, along with Bill Bryson, Steve Duncan and Jay Dee Maness. The Desert Rose Band enjoyed immediate success as a result of John's power-driven 12-string guitar.
Following the release of the Desert Rose Band's second album, 'Running' MCA Records, 1988), they were named the Academy of Country Music's 'Touring Band Of The Year'. This honour was repeated in 1989 and 1990. It was also in 1989 and 1990 that they were nominated for the Country Music Association's 'Best Vocal Group' Award.
In 1992, the Desert Rose Band disbanded and John Jorgenson then pursued other interests, including his guitar work with The Hellecasters. He later recorded and toured with Elton John during 1995 and recorded a bluegrass project with the legendary Rose Maddox (Saturday 15 August 1925 - Wednesday 15 April 1998) in 1996.
John Jorgenson' session work has included working with a diverse range of country music artists, including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003), Emmylou Harris and Hank Williams Junior.
John Jorgenson played electric guitar on Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988).
On Tuesday 4 November 2008, Brad Paisley saw the release of 'Play' (Arista Records, 2008); the album included 'Cluster Pluck', a track which featured Vince Gill, James Burton, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner.