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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 Luke Reed, which he submitted to this site on Friday 16 June 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Luke Reed 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 16 June 2006.
'I have always thought of Gene as one of the two greatest pure singers in country music - the other is Ray Price.
When I heard Gene sing 'Ain't No Fun To Be Alone In San Antone', the first major recording of one of my songs, I thought it just couldn't get any better than that. And you know what? It never has'.
Thank you, Luke Reed, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Luke Reed...
Luke Reed is a songwriter and recording artist based in New Mexico. Luke has had the privilege of having his Western-style compositions recorded by fellow country music artists including Red Steagall, Don Edwards, George Strait, Michael Martin Murphey, Randy Travis, Gary Allan, David Ball, Bonnie Bramlett, Johnny Bush and Hank Thompson (Thursday 3 September 1925 - Tuesday 6 November 2007).
Luke Reed is a Will Rogers Award recipient for Excellence in the Field of Western Arts. At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in June 2006, Luke Reed had his own group called Modern Western Civilisation, which comprised of Hilary Schacht on fiddle and Lance Quadri on upright bass.
Gene Watson recorded Luke Reed's 'Ain't No Fun To Be Alone In San Antone' (co-written with Buddy Cannon) and included the track on 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1989).
George Strait recorded Luke Reed's 'One Step At A Time' (co-written with Earl Clark) and included the track on 'One Step At A Time' (MCA Records, 1998).
Sadly, since the acquisition of this Gene Watson Peer's Quote from Luke Reed, in June 2006, his official site is now offline. However, there is a modest profile of Luke Reed at The 27th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which takes places in Alpine, Texas in February 2013.