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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 2013, 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 Herb McCullough, which he submitted to this site on Sunday 28 July 2013.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Herb McCullough who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Herb McCullough
This quote was submitted on Sunday 28 July 2013.

'I'm honored to provide a 'Peer's Quote' for Gene.



With such a remarkably natural, emotional voice, Gene Watson could sing any ol' song and touch lives, but he had the courage to sing ground-breaking songs like 'Love in The Hot Afternoon', 'Farewell Party' and 'Fourteen Carat Mind', which goes to show Gene Watson is not only a talented, soulful singer, but a wise, soul-searching song-man and a true friend to songwriters as well'.

Thank you, Herb McCullough, for your support of Gene Watson.



About Herb McCullough...



Herb McCulloughwas born Robert Herbert McCullough on Thursday 18 May 1944 in Dunedin, Florida and, at the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in July 2013, was residing with his wife Joann in Dunellonn, Florida.

Herb McCullough's family moved from Dunedin, a small town on Florida's Gulf Coast, to Winter Haven, Florida when he was twelve years old.

Herb McCullough attended Dennison Junior High and graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1962.

Herb McCullough's earliest musical influence was his mother, who Herb describes as having been 'a gifted whistler who sang her heart out for me, and for her own self'.

Herb played trumpet in the WHHS Band, but he had to hear everything before he could play it because he couldn't actually read music. While attending high school, Herb hung out with classmates Jim Stafford, Jim Carlton, Kent LaVoie and Gram Parsons (Tuesday 5 November 1946 - Wednesday 19 September 1973).

Although he hung out with the local music types, Herb McCullough did not yet play an instrument, sing or write.

After graduating high school, Herb attended Winter Haven Business College for a while, then Polk Community College for a year; he also worked at various jobs as a welder, painter, electrician and mechanic to support his family.

Taking to the road most traveled meant he had to quit hangin' out with the 'pickers' because they kept totally different hours, but Herb was still a big music fan and would always be filled with pride each time he heard of one of his former classmates' musical accomplishments.

It was around 1968 that Herb McCullough heard Bobby Braddock being interviewed by local radio personality, Bunny Brown, on WINT 1360AM in Winter Haven, Florida.
Bobby Braddock was from nearby Auburndale in Florida and had played around the central Florida area for several years before moving to Nashville in 1964.

Herb McCullough was familiar with Bobby Braddock and knew of his songs. Herb got so excited sitting and listening to Bobby talk about writing and living in Nashville, that he drove out on Dundee Road to the radio station and met him after the show.
Bobby Braddock was very cordial and encouraged Herb to try his hand at writing. Thanks to Bobby Braddock, Herb McCullough went home and wrote his first song, followed by a second, and then a third. It was at this time that Herb ran into his old school buddy, Jim Carlton, who had also been doing some writing.

As the 1960s wound down, Herb McCullough discovered motocross and his musical aspirations were relegated to the back burner. He opened The Dirt Shop, a motorcycle dealership in Winter Haven and commenced to submerge himself into the world of dirt bike racing.

However, Herb's love for music was still always evident in the strains of loud rock'n'roll that blared from the pits at the motocross races, and from the shop. Herb thanks 'Racer Randy' Terrell for always having the newest, coolest stuff playing, including Charlie Daniels Band, JJ Cale (Monday 5 December 1938 - Friday 26 July 2013), Leon Russell, Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002), Tom T. Hall, John Fogerty, Steppenwolf and Kris Kristofferson.

It was during this time that Herb McCullough would occasionally drive over to Clearwater to see Jim Stafford perform at the Glass Frog; Herb described Jim's act as 'awesome and inspiring!'
Herb McCullough hung out in all the songwriter hangouts and would mostly just listen, and write, not songs, but simple thoughts, words and phrases. He hooked up with Wayne Renardson, a musician he’d known back in Florida. Wayne loaned him an old classical guitar and showed him a few chords. With the scribble from his little notebook and that old 'gut string' guitar, Herb McCullough started songwriting.
In 1974, when he was thirty years old, Herb McCullough moved to Nashville from Winter Haven in Florida and started writing songs.

In 1978, Herb McCullough signed his first exclusive songwriter publishing agreement as a staff writer for Honeytree Music.


In March 1979, Moe Bandy's tenth album, 'It's a Cheating Situation' (Columbia Records, 1979), was released; the title track, which reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1979, featured exquisite harmony vocals from Janie Fricke,. The B-side of 'It's a Cheatin' Situation' was Herb McCullough's 'Try My Love On For Size'.

This was the first in a long list of Herb McCullough songs which would be recorded by both major and independent artists.

In the latter half of 1979, Herb felt the need to be closer to his then teenaged children and moved back to central Florida, just north of Auburndale.

However, leaving Nashville, right after getting his second Moe Bandy cut ('Man of Means'), was something Herb's publisher couldn't understand.

Most of Herb McCullough's music friends in Nashville thought he was giving up and a lot of people told him that his career was effectively over.

In December 1979, Moe Bandy's eleventh album, 'One of a Kind' (Columbia Records, 1979), was released; the album included Herb McCullough's 'Man Of Means'.

However, thanks to Len Walls and the staff at Central Sound Studio in Auburndale, Herb McCullough was introduced to a whole new music community.

Herb felt that the available players were comparable to the players in Nashville, but the environment was much more laid back; he liked the feeling of working and developing among friends.

Herb worked with the A-Team at Central Sound for about two years and one of the last songs that he demoed, 'Hot Time in Old Town Tonight', became his first Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 - Thursday 31 March 2011) cut when he moved back to Nashville in early 1982.


Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 - Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Hot Time in Old Town Tonight' and included the track on 'Naturally Country' (Capitol Records, 1983).

In the years that followed, Herb McCullough's songs were included on over one hundred recordings by a variety of artists, including Shawn Camp, John Anderson, Diamond Rio, Mark Chesnutt, Toni Price, Marie Osmond, Hal Ketchum, The Del McCoury Band, David Schnaufer and Cyndi Lauper.


Herb McCullough is proud to have worked with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters and publishers.

1978 - 1980
Herb McCullough worked as a staff writer at for Honeytree Music

1980 - 1981
Herb McCullough worked for Ray Stevens' Music Single Song Agreements

1982 - 1984
Herb McCullough worked as a staff writer for Welk Music Group

1984 - 1990
Herb McCullough worked as a writer and publisher at Earthrock Music

1990 - 1993
Herb McCullough worked at Patrick Joseph/Warner Chappel Single Song Agreements

1993 - 2000
Herb McCullough worked as a staff writer and co-publisher at Forerunner Music Group, which was co-owned by Allen Reynolds, Jim Rooney, Mark Miller and Terrell Tye, all of whom worked for many years with Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013).

Between 2000 and the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in July 2013, Herb McCullough worked as a writer and publisher at Walden Holler Music.

After twenty-five years of active involvement in the music business, Herb McCullough 'dropped out' to pursue other creative interests.

Since Herb continues to write songs (for pleasure), he maintains his affiliation with BMI; his considerable catalogue of songs (Walden Holler Music) is currently represented by Matt Lindsey Music.
Some of Herb McCullough’s co-writers have included Shawn Camp, Taylor Dunn, David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006), Jim Rushing, Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011), Rattlesnake Annie, Larry Cordle, George Marinelli, Gwil Owen, Steve Bogard, Tony Arata, Joy Lynn White, Jim Rooney, Hal Ketchum and Davis Raines.

Over the years, Herb McCullough's songs have been included on nearly seventy recordings by a variety of artists, including Shawn Camp, John Anderson, Diamond Rio, Mark Chesnutt, Toni Price, Marie Osmond, Hal Ketchum, Seldom Scene, David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) and Cyndi Lauper.


Moe Bandy recorded Herb McCullough's 'Try My Love On For Size' and included the track on 'It's A Cheating Situation' (Columbia Records, 1979).

Moe Bandy recorded Herb McCullough's 'Man of Means' and included the track on 'One Of A Kind' (Columbia Records, 1979).
Clifford Russell recorded Herb McCullough's 'I Believe a Man Can Fly' and included the track on 'Clifford Russell' (Sugartree Records, 1982).

Clifford Russell recorded Herb McCullough's 'He Finally Made Up Her Mind' and included the track on 'Clifford Russell' (Sugartree Records, 1982).

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 - Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Hot Time In Old Town Tonight' and included the track on 'Naturally Country' (Capitol Records, 1983).

Page Wilson (1955 - Tuesday 15 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Gypsy' and included the track on 'Road Tired, Wired And Ready' (Signal Mountain Records, 1983).

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 - Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Born To The Night' and included the track on 'Oklahoma Wind' (Capitol Records, 1984).

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 - Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough's 'My Ol' Four Wheel Drive' (co-written with Sean McCullough) and included the track on 'Let It Roll' (Capitol Records, 1984).

Mel McDaniel (Sunday 6 September 1942 - Thursday 31 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Make It With The Blues' and included the track on 'Stand Up' (Capitol Records, 1985).

John Schneider recorded Herb McCullough's 'He Finally Made Up Her Mind' and included the track on 'A Memory Like You' (MCA Records, 1985).

Victoria Shaw recorded Herb McCullough's 'New Love' and saw the track released as a non-album single on MPB Records in 1986.

Kelita Haverland recorded Herb McCullough's 'New Love' and saww the track released as a non-album single on RCA Canada Records in 1986.

Marie Osmond recorded Herb McCullough's 'New Love' (co-written with David Erwin) and included the track on 'I Only Wanted You' (Capitol Records, 1986).


Moe Bandy recorded Herb McCullough's 'Ridin' Her Memory Down' and included the track on 'You Haven't Heard The Last Of Me' (MCA Records, 1987).

T.G. Sheppard recorded Herb McCullough's 'Let's Do It Again' and included the track on 'One For The Money' (Columbia Records, 1987).

John Anderson recorded Herb McCullough's 'Down In The Orange Grove' (co-written with John Anderson and Lionel Delmore) and included the track on 'John Anderson 10' (MCA Records, 1988); the track reached No.68 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1988.

The Sanders recorded Herb McCullough's 'Starry Lullaby', which was co-written with David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on 'Into Every Life' (Airborne Records, 1988).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Twilight Eyes' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Mr. Snow' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'When Silence Was Golden' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Starry Lullaby' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'The Way You Move The Air' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'O Pony' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Dulcimer Player Deluxe' (SFL Records, 1989).

Mark Chesnutt recorded Herb McCullough's 'Hey You There In The Mirror' (co-written with Jim Rushing) and included the track on 'Too Cold At Home' (MCA Records, 1990).


Diamond Rio recorded Herb McCullough's 'It's Gone' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Diamond Rio' (Arista Records, 1991).

Highway 101 recorded Herb McCullough's 'Big City Bound' (co-written with Joy Lynn White) and included the track on 'Bing, Bang, Boom' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).

Joy Lynn White recorded Herb McCullough's 'Maybe In Mayberry' and saw the track released as a non-album single on Columbia Records in 1992.

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Wait A Minute' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Dulcimer Sessions' (SFL Records, 1992); the track was recorded as a dulcimer/violen duet which featured Mark O'Connor.


Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough's 'Run, Run, Run' and included the track on 'Toni Price: Live at Antone's' (Toni Price Records, 1992).

Shawn Camp recorded Herb McCullough's 'K-I-S-S-I-N-G' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Shawn Camp' (Warner Reprise Records, 1993).

Shawn Camp recorded Herb McCullough's 'One of Them Days' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Shawn Camp' (Warner Reprise Records, 1993).

David Parmley recorded Herb McCullough's 'Grandpa Getcha Guitar' and included the track on 'Southern Heritage' (Rebel Records, 1993).

Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Herb McCullough's 'Old River Rock' and included the track on 'Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993).

Auldridge, Reid and Coleman (Mike, Lou & Michael) recorded Herb McCullough's 'It's Gone' and included the track on 'High Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993).

Seldom Scene recorded Herb McCullough's 'Grandpa Getcha Guitar' and included the track on 'Like We Used To Be' (Sugar Hill Records, 1994).

Hal Ketchum recorded Herb McCullough's 'No Easy Road', which was co-written with Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011), and included the track on 'Every Little Word' (Curb Records, 1994).

Mae Robertson recorded Herb McCullough's 'Starry Lullaby', which was co-written with David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on 'All Through The Night' (Lyric Partners Records, 1994).

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough's 'New York City, 23rd of July' and included the track on 'Hey!' (Texas Music Group/Lone Star Records, 1995).


Rhett Akins recorded Herb McCullough's 'K-I-S-S-I-N-G' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Somebody New' (Decca Nashville Records, 1996).


Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Out Of My Hands' and included the track on 'Another River' (Mercury Records, 1996).

Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Love Ain't Supposed To Hurt' and included the track on 'Another River' (Mercury Records, 1996).

Hobo Jim recorded Herb McCullough's 'Educated Man' and included the track on 'The Wilderness Years' (Hobo Music Records, 1996).

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough's 'Sarah', which was co-written with David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on 'Threadgill's Supper Session: Second Helpings' (Texas Music Group/Lone Star Records, 1996).

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough's 'Sarah', which was co-written with David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on 'Sol Power' (Texas Music Group Records, 1997).

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough's 'Run, Run, Run' and included the track on 'Sol Power' (Texas Music Group Records, 1997).

Toni Price recorded Herb McCullough's 'Blue Sky Lonely' and included the track on 'Sol Power' (Texas Music Group Records, 1997).


Ruby Lovett recorded Herb McCullough's 'One of Them's Yours' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Ruby Lovett' (Curb Records, 1998); the track was a duet with Ken Mellons.

The Lynns recorded Herb McCullough's 'Half A Day Away' and included the track on 'The Lynns' (Warner Rerise Records, 1998).

Laura Theodore recorded Herb McCullough's 'Dream Within A Dream' and included the track on 'We're Only Human' (Etherean Records, 1998).

Vince Farsetta recorded Herb McCullough's 'Don't Put Out The Fire' and included the track on 'Skat' (Zed Records, 1999); the tracks on the album were recorded in Nashville between 1989 and 1996.

Wade Hayes recorded Herb McCullough's 'You Just Keep On' (co-written with Shawn Camp and Taylor Dunn) and included the track on 'Highways & Heartaches' (Monument Records, 2000).

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike recorded Herb McCullough's 'Oh, Mandolin' and included the track on 'Turtle Wings' (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2000).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Twilight Eyes' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Delcimore' (Collecting Dust Records, 2000); the track featured a guest vocal from Cyndi Lauper.

Sean Keane recorded Herb McCullough's 'Point of View' and included the track on 'The Man That I Am' (Grapevine Ireland Records, 2000).


John Anderson recorded Herb McCullough's 'Baby's Gone Home to Mama' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Nobody's Got It All' (Columbia Records, 2001).

Shawn Camp recorded Herb McCullough's 'Baby's Gone Home to Mama' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Lucky Silver Dollar' (Skeeterbit Records, 2001).

Shawn Camp recorded Herb McCullough's 'Fallen Star Saloon' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Lucky Silver Dollar' (Skeeterbit Records, 2001).

Tracy Sands recorded Herb McCullough's 'Twilight Eyes', which was co-written with David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on 'Enchanted' (Self Release, 2001).

Del McCoury Band recorded Herb McCullough's 'The Man With The Travelin' Tear Drop Blues' and included the track on 'Del & The Boys' (Ceili Music Records, 2001).

Carl Chambers recorded Herb McCullough's 'He Finally Made Up Her Mind' (co-written with Carl Chambers) and included the track on 'The Cowboy's Not A Boy Anymore' (1 Off Records, 2001).

John Blosser recorded Herb McCullough's Twilight Eyes', which was co-written with David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006), and included the track on 'Coyote Dulcimer' (Self Release, 2001); the track featured a guest vocal from Tracy Sands.

Jim Rooney & Rooney's Irregulars recorded Herb McCullough's 'Hello Baby It’s You' and included the track on 'My Own Ignorant Way' (JRP Records, 2002).

Jim Rooney & Rooney's Irregulars recorded Herb McCullough's 'Devil's Level' and included the track on 'My Own Ignorant Way' (JRP Records, 2002).

Jim Rooney & Rooney's Irregulars recorded Herb McCullough's 'Point Of View' and included the track on 'My Own Ignorant Way' (JRP Records, 2002).

Rattlesnake Annie recorded Herb McCullough's 'Woman Of Waltzes' and included the track on 'I Ride Alone' (Rattlesnake Records, 2002).

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike recorded Herb McCullough's 'See Where It Goes' and included the track on 'No Summer Storm' (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2002).

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike recorded Herb McCullough's 'Sarah' and included the track on 'No Summer Storm' (Rebel Records / Bellbuckle Records, 2002).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'The Way You Move The Air' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Uncle Dulcimer' (Unknown Label, 2002).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Sarah' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Uncle Dulcimer' (Unknown Label, 2002).

David Schnaufer (c. 1953 - Wednesday 23 August 2006) recorded Herb McCullough's 'Starry Lullaby' (co-written with David Schnaufer) and included the track on 'Uncle Dulcimer' (Unknown Label, 2002).

Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Herb McCullough's 'Lonesome Highway Blues' and included the track on 'At Home' (Copper Creek Records, 2002).

Starlings, TN recorded Herb McCullough's 'Sarah' and included the track on 'The Leaper's Fork' (Chicken Ranch Records, 2002).


Josh Turner recorded Herb McCullough's 'Baby's Gone Home To Mama' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Your Man' (MCA Records, 2006).

Herb McCullough: Thursday 18 May 1944 - Tuesday 5 May 2015
Herb McCullough passed away at his home in Florida on Tuesday 5 May 2015, at the age of seventy.

Herb McCullough is survived by his wife, Joann, his daughter Christie Williams and his son Sean McCullough.

At his request, Herb McCullough was cremated on Monday 11 May 2015; a celebration of Herb McCullough's life was held on Saturday 16 to May 2015 at Dunnellon, Florida Funeral Home.

Note from Joann McCullough (received on Tuesday 4 August 2015)
'To those of you who knew Herb the past few years, you'll know how important being a hospice volunteer, sharing his music and providing companionship to those in their final days, was to him.

He volunteered for over seven years and declared it was his most important contribution. He was Marion County's 'poster boy' for recruitment - thousands of flyers went out - much to his embarrassment. His photo was plastered everywhere for a short time. Here it is. I love his smile!'

If you wish to make contact with Joann Walker McCullough, you can conact her vis email

Visit Herb McCullough's Official Site at herbsongs.com
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