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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 2011 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 Landon Dodd, which he submitted to this site on Friday 23 September 2011.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Landon Dodd who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Friday 23 September 2011.
'I'm a Gene Watson fan; you bet I am.
Gene has one of the finest voices in modern country music!'
Thank you, Landon Dodd, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Landon Dodd...
Landon Dodd was born on Wednesday 28 August 1974 in Fort Worth, Texas; music has always been a big part of his life.
Music was constantly playing in his childhood home, as well as the gospel songs sung at church. Sometimes the two would overlap! Landon's dad tells a funny story of a three-year-old Landon standing up in a quiet church building singing 'I’m A Dirty White Boy'. While his parents listened to everything from the aforementioned Foreigner to Jimmy Buffett to Willie Nelson to Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975), Landon Dodd always loved that traditional country music sound and its shuffle beat.
Landon Dodd's father bought him his first guitar when he was seventeen years old. He immediately fell in love with the instrument and knew that playing and singing were going to be a permanent part of his life.
Landon Dodd spent some time at Abilene Christian and Tarrant County College, studying music. From there, he was in and out of bands for the next few years and formed a few of his own.
After taking some time off from the music business, Landon Dodd made a comeback in 2006 and formed his band The Dancehall Drifters. The band entered and won the 92.1 KTFW 'Battle Of The Bands' contest.
Landon Dodd and The Dancehall Drifters have also opened shows for Gene Watson, Johnny Rodriguez and Moe Bandy. Landon Dodd and The Dancehall Drifters were the Academy of Western Artist 'Pure Country Band Of The Year'.
The Dancehall Drifters have been gaining a large following for those who love the true shuffles with an emphasis on fiddle and steel guitar. They have played dancehalls all over Texas, including The Finish Line Club and Pearl’s Dancehall and Saloon in Fort Worth, London Hall in London, The Western Club in Navasota, The Coachman in San Angelo and many more along the way.
Landon Dodd's debut album, 'Call Of The Wine' (Heart of Texas Records, 2010), included traditional dance hall country music, replete with shuffles, two steps and waltzes accompanied by steel and fiddles.
'Call Of The Wine' (Heart of Texas Records, 2010) was released under the imprint of Heart of Texas Records, a recording company whose sui genesis is to propagate pure unadulterated country music evidenced by the records released by its signed roaster, such as Amber Digby, Justin Trevino and Leona Williams.
'Call Of The Wine' (Heart of Texas Records, 2010) features heavy weights of the traditional country scene who dominate the disc, with Jake Hooker on bass, Bobby Flores on fiddle and Amber Digby, Justin Trevino and Leona Williams on backing vocals.
The tracks on Landon Dodd's 'Call Of The Wine' (Heart of Texas Records, 2010) are culled from the classic country music songbook, including Ray Price's 'I Want To Hear It From You' (1966), Wynn Stewart's 'I Bought The Shoes That Just Walked Out On Me' (1970), George Jones' 'A Good Year For The Roses' (1971) and Mel Tillis' and Sherry Bryce's 'Mr. Right And Mrs. Wrong' (1974), the latter recorded as a duet with Amber Digby.
Ray Price recorded 'I Want To Hear It From You' and included the track on 'Another Bridge To Burn' (Columbia Records, 1966).
Wynn Stewart (Thursday 7 June 1934 - Wednesday 17 July 1985) recorded 'I Bought The Shoes That Just Walked Out On Me' and included the track on 'You Don't Care What Happens To Me' (Capitol Records, 1970).
George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded 'A Good Year For The Roses' and included the track on 'George Jones With Love' (Musicor Records, 1971); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1971.
Mel Tillis and Sherry Bryce recorded 'Mr. Right And Mrs. Wrong' and included the track on 'Let's Go All The Way Tonight' (MGM Records, 1974).
Landon Dodd's 'Call Of The Wine' (Heart of Texas Records, 2010) also included 'We're Off And Loving Again', a duet with Leona Williams (former wife of Merle Haggard) and the 1971 classic Faron Young hit 'There's Something About A Lady'.
Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded 'There's Something About A Lady' and included the track on 'Leavin' And Sayin' Goodbye' (Mercury Records, 1971).