• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995

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 Jim Rushing, which he submitted to this site on Monday 11 February 2013.

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

Sean Brady would also like to say 'thank you' to highly acclaimed songwriters Herb McCullough and Carl Jackson, without whom this 'Peer's Quote' from Jim Rushing would not have been possible.



Jim Rushing
This quote was submitted on Monday 11 February 2013.

'Dear Sean,
Thanks so very much for making such a valiant effort to locate my email address and to write me with your blessed request.

I have been out of pocket for a few days and I'm just now getting back to my email commitments and your letter.

I would love to make a few comments about this inordinate talent...and with your permission, I will.

Going way way back, I recall when the name Gene Watson first came to my attention and, as an attentive country music listener (as well as endeavoring to write good songs), the wonderful blessings we began to receive from this incredible voice.

I had known a wonderful old soul named Bob Webster, while writing for Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) at his 'Academy of Musical Madness', and Jack Music.

It just so happened, I was visiting Webster one day after leaving this creative aggregation.  Webster mentioned he and another person were working with a new act named Gene Watson.

Webster's animated excitement was a marvelous study in itself; when a smile circled his lips and that inimitable twinkle flashed in his be-speckled eyes, it always told a special tale.

Indeed, this new act, Gene Watson, was a talent to be reckoned with!  Soon came the voice, on the Vincent Wesley Matthews () tune 'Love in The Hot Afternoon' (published by Jack Music) and man-o-man, what a wonderful career was launching 'before our eyes'!



I was writing for Loretta Lynn's publishing company, Coal Miner's Music, in 1978, when I wrote 'Nothing Sure Looked Good on You'.

Meredith Stewart was running the company and plugging the songs at the time as well.


I remember when the song was cut, I was extremely excited!  Subsequently, to watch it endure through the years has been most gratifying.

Over the years, I never got to meet Gene, nor convey a single word to him about the song.  Though I spent thirty years in the business writing songs, curiously, our paths never crossed.  I left Nashville in 2001 and moved to Montana.

Sean, thank you for this opportunity to convey my eternal gratitude to Gene for a genuine thrill every time the song is played.

It is now a part of country music history and I'll ever rejoice he recorded it.

Thanks again, Gene Watson, for the gift that will endure through the age!

I am faithfully yours always,
Jim Rushing!'

Thank you, Jim Rushing, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Jim Rushing...

Jim Rushing was born in Lubbock, Texas.

In September 1971, Jim Rushing moved to Nashville in order to pursue his dream of becoming a songwriter. Jim learned some of the fine points of songwriting from the acclaimed country music songwriter Bob McDill. Over forty years and hundreds of songs later, the rest is music history.

Jim Rushing has had a remarkable career within the country music genre as a songwriter. Some of the artists who’ve recorded his songs include George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), Dolly Parton, Don Williams, The Kendalls, The Oak Ridge Boys, Patty Loveless, Montgomery Gentry, Rhonda Vincent, Martina McBride, Trace Atkins, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Shawn Camp and Gene Watson…and that’s just a few of them!

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson Peer's Quote, in February 2013, Jim Rushing was living in Montana.

Don Williams recorded Jim Rushing's 'When Will I Ever Learn' (co-written with Wayland Holyfield and Don Williams) and included the track on 'Don Williams: Volume III' (JMI Records, 1973).

Don Williams recorded Jim Rushing's 'I've Turned You To Stone' and included the track on 'Don Williams: Volume III' (JMI Records, 1973).

Don Williams recorded Jim Rushing's 'Lovin' Understandin' Man' (co-written with Don Williams) and included the track on 'Don Williams: Volume III' (JMI Records, 1973).

Jeanne Pruett recorded Jim Rushing's 'You Don't Need To Move A Mountain' (co-written with Wayland Holyfield) and included the track on 'Jeanne Pruett' (MCA Records, 1974); the track reached No.15 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1974, and was subsequently included on 'Jeanne Pruett: Greatest Hits' (Varese Records, 1997).

Cal Smith (Thursday 7 April 1932 - Thursday 10 October 2013) recorded Jim Rushing's 'Heart Of The Matter' (co-written with Don Schlitz) and included the track on 'It's Time To Pay The Fiddler' (MCA Records, 1975).

Cal Smith (Thursday 7 April 1932 - Thursday 10 October 2013) recorded Jim Rushing's 'I'll Remember Her That Way' and included the track on 'It's Time To Pay The Fiddler' (MCA Records, 1975).

Charley Pride recorded Jim Rushing's 'Hope You're Feelin' Me (Like I'm Feelin' You)' (co-written with Bobby David) and included the track on 'Charley' (RCA Victor Records, 1975); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in October 1975.

Charley Pride recorded Jim Rushing's 'Lovin' Understandin' Man' and included the track on 'Charley' (RCA Victor Records, 1975).

Crystal Gayle recorded Jim Rushing's 'I Want To Lose Me In You' (co-written with Marshall Chapman) and included the track on 'Somebody Loves Me' (United Artists Records, 1975).

Dave & Sugar recorded Jim Rushing's 'I'm Leavin' The Leavin' To You' (co-written with Bobby David) and included the track on their self-titled debut album, 'Dave & Sugar' (RCA Records, 1976); the album was produced by Jerry Bradley, Charley Pride and Dave Rowland.


John Starling recorded Jim Rushing's 'Carolyn At The Broken Wheel Inn' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Long Time Gone' (Sugar Hill Records, 1977); the track featured Emmylou Harris as a guest vocalist.


Marshall Chapman recorded Jim Rushing's 'Somewhere South Of Macon' (co-written with Marshall Chapman) and included the track on 'Me, I'm Feelin' Free' (Epic Records, 1977).

Marshall Chapman recorded Jim Rushing's 'Know My Needs' (co-written with Marshall Chapman) and included the track on 'Me, I'm Feelin' Free' (Epic Records, 1977).

Olivia Newton-John recorded Jim Rushing's 'I Think I'll Say Goodbye' (co-written with Marshall Chapman) and included the track on 'Making A Good Thing Better' (MCA Records, 1977).

Don Williams recorded Jim Rushing's 'Too Many Tears (To Make Love Strong)' and included the track on 'Country Boy' (Dot Records, 1977).

Charlie Rich: 'The Fool Strikes Again' (United Artists Records, 1979)

Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 - Tuesday 25 July 1995) recorded Jim Rushing's 'I'd Even Let You Go', which was co-written with Sandy Mason Theoret (Monday 18 December 1939 - Wednesday 1 April 2015), and included the track on 'The Fool Strikes Again' (United Artists Records, 1979).


The Kendalls - Royce Kendall (Wednesday 25 September 1935 - Friday 22 May 1998) and Jeannie Kendall - recorded Jim Rushing's 'It Don't Feel Like Sinnin' To Me' and included the track on 'Old Fashioned Love' (Ovation Records, 1978); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978.

The Kendalls - Royce Kendall (Wednesday 25 September 1935 - Friday 22 May 1998) and Jeannie Kendall - recorded Jim Rushing's 'Pittsburgh Stealers' and included the track on 'Old Fashioned Love' (Ovation Records, 1978); the track reached No.6 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978.

Mary K. Miller recorded Jim Rushing's 'Handcuffed To A Heartache' and saw the track released as a 45rpm vinyl single on Inergi Records; the track reached No.19 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978.

Marshall Chapman recorded Jim Rushing's 'You're The One For Me' (co-written with Marshall Chapman) and included the track on 'Jaded Virgin' (Epic Records, 1978).

Tracy Nelson recorded Jim Rushing's 'You Don't Need To Move A Mountain' and included the track on 'Homemade Songs' (Flying Fish Records, 1978).

Chris Hillman recorded Jim Rushing's 'Livin' In The Name Of Love' (co-written with Marshall Chapman) and included the track on 'Ever Call Ready' (A&M Records, 1978).

T.G. Sheppard recorded Jim Rushing's 'State Of Our Union' (co-written with Chip Hardy) and included the track on 'I Love 'Em All' (Warner Bros. Records, 1981).

Gene Watson recorded Jim Rushing's 'Nothing Sure Looked Good On You' and included the track on 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979); the track reached No.4 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980.

George Jones (12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Jim Rushing's 'I've Turned You To Stone' (co-written with Jimmy Rushing) and included the track on 'My Very Special Guests' (Epic Records, 1980); the track was a duet with Linda Ronstadt.

The Kendalls - Royce Kendall (Wednesday 25 September 1935 - Friday 22 May 1998) and Jeannie Kendall - recorded Jim Rushing's 'Heart Of The Matter' (co-written with Don Schlitz) and included the track on 'Heart Of The Matter' (Ovation Records, 1980).

Jim Rushing saw the release of his own singles and LPs on Ovation Records; two of his best-known hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart were 'Dixie Dirt' (written by Danny Morrison and Jim Rushing) (No.81, 1980) and 'I've Loved Enough To Know' (written by Fred Koller and Jim Rushing) (No.56, 1981).

Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) and Loretta Lynn recorded Jim Rushing's 'The State Of Our Union' (co-written with Chip Hardy) and included the track on 'Two's A Party' (MCA Records, 1981).

Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009) recorded Jim Rushing's 'She's Just A Place To Fall' and included the track on 'Today My World Slipped Away' (A& M Records, 1983).

 

In 1984, Ricky Skaggs signed Jim Rushing to his publishing company.

Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009) recorded Jim Rushing's 'Slow Healing Heart' and included the track on 'There Is A Season' (Compleat Records, 1984).


Wendel Adkins: 'If That Ain't Country' (Mill Records, 1984)

Wendel Adkins recorded Jim Rushing's 'What a Way To Go' (co-written with Bobby David) and included the track on 'If That Ain't Country' (Mill Records, 1984).

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Rockin' The Boat' (co-written with Ricky Skaggs) and included the track on 'Live In London' (Epic Records, 1985).

 

Ricky Skaggs commissioned Jim Rushing to compose a song for him which had a southern Louisiana feel to it. Jim Rushing composed 'Cajun Moon' and, although Ricky liked the song, he didn't feel that it should be a single. His wife, Sharon White, had different ideas, and insisted that it would be a hit.

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Cajun Moon' and included the track on 'Live In London' (Epic Records, 1985).

On Saturday 11 January 1986, 'Cajun Moon' made its debut on the Billboard country music singles chart at No.68 and, some fifteen weeks later, on Saturday 19 April 1986, the song had reached No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart.

Ricky Skaggs' recording of Jim Rushing's 'Cajun Moon' was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in April 1986 and was subsequently included on 'Ricky Skaggs: Super Hits' (Epic Records, 1993), a compilation album released by Epic Records in 1993.



Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Hard Row To Hoe' (co-written with Ricky Skaggs) and included the track on 'Love's Gonna Get Ya' (Epic Records, 1986).

Patty Loveless recorded Jim Rushing's 'Slow Healing Heart' and included the track on 'Patty Loveless' (MCA Records, 1986).



Gene Watson: 'Back In The Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1987)

Gene Watson recorded Jim Rushing's 'Somewhere Over You' (co-written with Dave Lindsey and Gene Watson) and included the track on 'Back In The Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1987).
Gene Watson: 'Back In The Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1987)
Gene Watson recorded Jim Rushing's 'Just How Little I Know' (co-written with Wayland Patton) and included the track on 'Back In The Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1987).

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Thanks Again' and included the track on 'Comin' Home To Stay' (Epic Records, 1987); the track reached No.17 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1988.

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Woman, You Won't Break Mine' (co-written with Hugh Moore and Joseph Hunter Moore) and included the track on 'Comin' Home To Stay' (Epic Records, 1987).

The Seldom Scene recorded Jim Rushing's 'Casting My Shadow In The Road' (co-written with Jimmy Rushing and Randy Scruggs) and included the track on 'Change Of Scenery' (Sugar Hill Records, 1988).

John Conlee recorded Jim Rushing's 'River of Time' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Fellow Travelers' (16th Avenue Records, 1989).

John Conlee recorded Jim Rushing's 'Fellow Travelers' (co-written with Wayland Patton) and included the track on 'Fellow Travelers' (16th Avenue Records, 1989); the track reached No.48 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1989.

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Heartbreak Hurricane' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Kentucky Thunder' (Epic Records, 1989); the track reached No.13 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1989.

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Kentucky Thunder' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Kentucky Thunder' (Epic Records, 1989); the track reached No.13 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1989.

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Casting My Shadow In The Road' (co-written with Randy Scruggs) and included the track on 'Kentucky Thunder' (Epic Records, 1989).

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Saviour Save Me From Myself' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Kentucky Thunder' (Epic Records, 1989).

Dolly Parton recorded Jim Rushing's 'Slow Healing Heart' and included the track on 'White Limozeen' (Columbia Records, 1989).

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver recorded Jim Rushing's 'The Little Mountain Church House' (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'I Heard The Angels Singing' (Sugar Hill Records, 1989).

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with Ricky Skaggs on lead vocal and guitar, recorded Jim Rushing's 'Little Mountain Church House' (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2' (MCA Nashville Records, 1989).

David Parmley recorded Jim Rushing's 'Sometimes Silence Says It All' and included the track on 'I Know A Good Thing' (Pinecastle Records, 1989).

The Seldom Scene recorded Jim Rushing's 'Highway Of Heartache' (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'Scenic Roots' (Sugar Hill Records, 1990).

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

Rhonda Vincent & The Sally Mountain Show recorded Jim Rushing's 'First Step To Heaven' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Bound For Glory Land' (Rebel Records, 1990).

Clinton Gregory recorded Jim Rushing's 'Love Is A Road' (co-written with Rory Bourke) and included the track on 'Music 'N' Me' (Step One Records, 1990).


Nashville Bluegrass Band: 'Home of The Blues' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991)

Nashville Bluegrass Band recorded Jim Rushing's 'First Step To Heaven' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Home of The Blues' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).

Gene Watson recorded Jim Rushing's 'The Workin' End Of A Hoe' and included the track on 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).

Linda Davis recorded Jim Rushing's 'Knowin' We'll Never Know' (co-written with James Dean Hicks) and included the track on 'In A Different Light' (Liberty Records, 1991).

Patty Loveless recorded Jim Rushing's 'I Already Miss You (Like You're Already Gone)' (co-written with Allen Shamblin) and included the track on 'Up Against My Heart' (MCA Records, 1991).

George Jones (12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Jim Rushing's 'You Can't Do Wrong And Get By' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Friends In High Places' (Epic Records, 1991); the track was a duet with Ricky Skaggs.

Wayland Patton recorded Jim Rushing's 'Fellow Travellers' (co-written with Wayland Patton) and included the track on 'Gulf Stream Dreaming' (Capitol Records, 1991).

Wayland Patton recorded Jim Rushing's 'Rockin' The Boat' (co-written with Ricky Skaggs) and included the track on 'Gulf Stream Dreaming' (Capitol Records, 1991).

Wayland Patton recorded Jim Rushing's 'We Should Only Have Time For Love' (co-written with Wayland Patton) and included the track on 'Gulf Stream Dreaming' (Capitol Records, 1991).

Ginger Boatwright recorded Jim Rushing's 'On My Own And Lonely' (co-written with Bob House) and included the track on 'Fertile Ground' (Flying Fish Records, 1991).

Lou Reid & Carolina recorded Jim Rushing's 'The First Step To Heaven' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'When It Rains' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).

The Nashville Bluegrass Band recorded Jim Rushing's 'The First Step To Heaven' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Home Of The Blues' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).

Karen Tobin: 'Carolina Smokey Moon' (Atlantic Records, 1991)

Karen Tobin recorded Jim Rushing's 'Passing of The Train' (co-written with Gene Nelson) and included the track on 'Carolina Smokey Moon' (Atlantic Records, 1991), which was produced by Keith Stegall.

Doug Stone recorded Jim Rushing's 'The Workin’ End Of A Hoe' and included the track on 'From The Heart' (Epic Records, 1992).

Martina McBride recorded Jim Rushing's 'Cheap Whiskey' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'The Time Has Come' (RCA Records, 1992); the track reached No.44 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in 1992.

Larry Cordle, featuring Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time, recorded Jim Rushing's 'Lonesome Standard Time' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Lonesome Standard Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1992).

Larry Cordle, featuring Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time, recorded Jim Rushing's 'You Can't Do Wrong and Get By' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Lonesome Standard Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1992).

Larry Cordle, featuring Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Jim Rushing's 'Kentucky King' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Lonesome Standard Time' (Sugar Hill Records, 1992).

Kathy Mattea recorded Jim Rushing's 'Lonesome Standard Time' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Lonesome Standard Time' (Mercury Records, 1992); the track reached No.11 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in December 1992.

Garth Brooks recorded Jim Rushing's 'American Honky Tonk Bar Association' (co-written with Bryan Kennedy) and included the track on 'In Pieces' (Liberty Records, 1993); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in 1993.

Rhonda Vincent recorded Jim Rushing's 'The Passing Of The Train' (co-written with Gene Nelson) and included the track on 'Written In The Stars' (Warner Bros. Records/WEA, 1993).

Carl Jackson, John Starling and The Nash Ramblers recorded Jim Rushing's 'For Crying Out Loud' (co-written with Rory Bourke) and included the track on 'Spring Training' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993).

Carl Jackson, John Starling and The Nash Ramblers recorded Jim Rushing's 'Sometimes Silence Says It All' and included the track on 'Spring Training' (Sugar Hill Records, 1993).

Kathy Chiavola recorded Jim Rushing's 'The Passing Of The Train' (co-written with Gene Nelson) and included the track on 'Labor Of Love' (My Label, US / Ragged But Right UK, 1993).

Martina McBride recorded Jim Rushing's 'Cheap Whiskey' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on the 'international version' of 'The Way That I Am' (RCA Records, 1993).

Shawn Camp recorded Jim Rushing's 'Speaking Of The Angel' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Shawn Camp' (Warner Bros. Records/Reprise Records, 1993).

Dry Branch Fire Squad recorded Jim Rushing's 'Carolyn At The Broken Wheel Inn' and included the track on 'Just For The Record' (Rounder Records, 1993).

Patty Loveless recorded Jim Rushing's 'Feelin' Good About Feelin' Bad' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'When Fallen Angels Fly' (Epic Records, 1994).

The Seldom Scene recorded Jim Rushing's 'Grandpa Get Your Guitar' (co-written with Herb McCullough) and included the track on 'Like We Used To Be' (Sugar Hill Records, 1994).

The Seldom Scene recorded Jim Rushing's 'Cheap Whiiskey' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Like We Used To Be' (Sugar Hill Records, 1994).

The Seldom Scene recorded Jim Rushing's 'Heaven's Green Fields' (co-written with Allen Shamblin) and included the track on 'Like We Used To Be' (Sugar Hill Records, 1994).

Chely Wright recorded Jim Rushing's 'Till All Her Tears Are Dry' (co-written with Chely Wright) and included the track on 'Woman In The Moon' (Polydor Records, 1994).

Joy Lynn White recorded Jim Rushing's 'You Were Right From Your Side' and included the track on 'Wild Love' (Columbia Records, 1994).

Ginger Boatwright & Vassar Clements, featuring Woody Herman, recorded Jim Rushing's 'Prisoner Of The Past' (co-written with Bobby David) and included the track on 'Sentimental Journey: The Bluegrass-Jazz Experience' (Laserlight Records, 1994).

David Parmley recorded Jim Rushing's 'Grandpa Get Your Guitar' (co-written with Herb McCullough) and included the track on 'Southern Heritage' (Rebel Records, 1994).

Kenny Chesney recorded Jim Rushing's 'The Bigger The Fool (The Harder The Fall)' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'All I Need To Know' (BNA Records, 1995).

Claire Lynch recorded Jim Rushing's 'We Should Only Have Time For Love' (co-written with Wayland Patton) and included the track on 'Moonlighter' (Rounder Records, 1995).


Roy Clark recorded Jim Rushing's 'Heaven's Green Fields' (co-written with Allen Shamblin) and included the track on 'My Favorite Hymns' (Intersound Records/Compendia Music Group, 1995).

Roy Clark recorded Jim Rushing's 'Pray For Peace' (co-written with Allen Shamblin) and included the track on 'My Favorite Hymns' (Intersound Records/Compendia Music Group, 1995).

Ricky Skaggs recorded Jim Rushing's 'Back Where We Belong' (co-written with Keith Sewell) and included the track on 'Solid Ground' (Atlantic Records, 1995).

Ralph Stanley recorded Jim Rushing's 'The First Step To Heaven' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Sunday Morning' (Freeland Records, 1995).

On Tuesday 23 January 1996, Patty Loveless saw the release of 'The Trouble With The Truth' (Epic Records, 1996); the album featured Jim Rushing on bass vocals.

Don Williams recorded Jim Rushing's 'We Should Only Have Time For Love' (co-written with Wayland Patton) and included the track on 'Flatlands' (American Harvest Records, 1996).

Sammy Kershaw: 'Politics, Religion And Her' (Polygram/Mercury Records, 1996)

Sammy Kershaw recorded Jim Rushing's 'Little Bitty Crack In Her Heart' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Politics, Religion And Her' (Polygram/Mercury Records, 1996).

Rich McCready recorded Jim Rushing's 'Takes One To Know One' (co-written with Rich McCready) and included the track on 'Rich McCready' (Magnatone Records, 1996).

The Whitstein Brothers recorded Jim Rushing's 'Harvest My Heart' (co-written with Robert Joe Turley III) and included the track on 'Sweet Harmony' (Rounder Records, 1996).

David Parmley, Scott Vestal & Continental Divide: 'On The Divide' (Pinecastle Records, 1996)

David Parmley, Scott Vestal & Continental Divide recorded Jim Rushing's 'Fit For A King' (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'On The Divide' (Pinecastle Records, 1996).

Garth Brooks recorded Jim Rushing's 'Fit For A King' (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'Sevens' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1997).

Sara Evans recorded Jim Rushing's 'The Week The River Raged' (co-written with John Bettis and Sara Evans) and included the track on 'Three Chords And The Truth' (RCA Records, 1997).

Little Texas recorded Jim Rushing's 'Yesterday's Gone Forever' (co-written with Dwayne O'Brien) and included the track on 'Little Texas' (Warner Bros. Records, 1997).

Steve Wariner recorded Jim Rushing's 'A Six Pack Ago' (co-written with Steve Wariner) and included the track on 'Burnin' The Roadhouse Down' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1998).

Ruby Lovett recorded Jim Rushing's 'Nothing to Prove' (co-written with Terry Burns) and included the track on 'Ruby Lovett' (Curb Records, 1998).

Ruby Lovett: 'Ruby Lovett' (Curb Records, 1998)

Ruby Lovett recorded Jim Rushing's 'Little Bitty Crack in His Heart' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'Ruby Lovett' (Curb Records, 1998).

The Osborne Brothers recorded Jim Rushing's 'Saviour Save Me From Myself' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Hyden' (Pinecastle Records, 1998).

Trace Atkins recorded Jim Rushing's 'I Can't Dig It' (co-written with Monty Criswell) and included the track on 'More...' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1999).

George Jones (12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Jim Rushing's 'When The Last Curtain Falls' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Cold Hard Truth' (Asylum Records, 1999).

George Jones' (12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) 'Cold Hard Truth' (Asylum Records, 1999), which was produced by Keith Stegall, also included the following tracks:

'Choices' (written by Billy Yates and Mike Curtis)
'The Cold Hard Truth' (written by Jamie O'Hara)
'Sinners & Saints' (written by J.B. Rudd, Vip Vipperman and Darryl Worley)
'Day After Forever', which was written by Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004)
'Ain't Love A Lot Like That' (written by Mark Collie and Dean Miller)
'Our Bed Of Roses' (written by Keith Stegall and Zack Turner)
'Real Deal' (written by Jim Dowell and Keith Gattis)
'This Wanting You' (written by T. Graham Brown, Bruce Bouton and Bruce Burch)

Randy Travis recorded Jim Rushing's 'Little Bitty Crack In Her Heart' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'A Man Ain't Made Of Stone' (DreamWorks Nashville Records, 1999).

Clifton Jansky recorded Jim Rushing's 'Thanks Again' and included the track on 'From Amarillo By Morning To Amazing Grace' (Clifton Jansky Music, 1999).

Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001) & Doug Stone recorded Jim Rushing's 'The Workin' End Of A Hoe' and included the track on 'Chet Atkins & Doug Stone' (Platinum Disc Records, 2000).

The Country Dance Kings recorded Jim Rushing's 'American Honky Tonk Bar Association' (co-written with Bryan Kennedy) and included the track on 'Country Line Dance Time' (Let's Dance Music, 2000).

Patty Loveless recorded Jim Rushing's 'Cheap Whiskey' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Mountain Soul' (Epic Records, 2001).

Montgomery Gentry recorded Jim Rushing's 'While The World Goes Down The Drain' (co-written with Keith Sewell) and included the track on 'Carrying On' (Columbia Records, 2001).

The Oak Ridge Boys recorded Jim Rushing's 'The First Step To Heaven' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'From The Heart' (Spring Hill Records, 2001).

Claire Lynch recorded Jim Rushing's 'Livin' In The Name Of Love' and included the track on 'Out In The Country' (Copper Creek Records, 2001).

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Jim Rushing's 'Carolyn At The Broken Wheel Inn' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Songs From The Work Bench' (Ripchord/Shell Point Records, 2002).

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Jim Rushing's 'Workin' End Of A Hoe' and included the track on 'Songs From The Work Bench' (Ripchord/Shell Point Records, 2002).

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Jim Rushing's 'Heartbreak Hurricane' (co-written with Larry Cordle and Jimmy Rushing) and included the track on 'Songs From The Work Bench' (Ripchord/Shell Point Records, 2002).

Randy Howard (Sunday 20 November 1960 - Tuesday 29 June 1999) recorded Jim Rushing's 'Fir For A King' (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'I Rest My Case' (Sugar Hill Records, 2003).

Patty Loveless recorded Jim Rushing's 'When The Last Curtain Falls' (co-written with Emory Gordy Junior) and included the track on 'Mountain Soul II' (Saguaro Records, 2009).

The Tommy Webb Band recorded Jim Rushing's 'Hard Row To Hoe' and included the track on 'Heartland' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2009).

Gene Watson recorded Jim Rushing's 'Speaking Of The Angel' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on 'A Taste Of The Truth' (Shanachie Records, 2009).

Bobby Osborne and The Rocky Top X-Press recorded Jim Rushing's 'A Wise Man's Mind Will Change' (co-written with Larry Cordle) and included the track on 'Bluegrass And Beyond' (Rounder Records, 2009).

Valerie Smith recorded Jim Rushing's 'Slow Healing Heart' and included the track on 'Blame It On The Bluegrass' (Bell Buckle Records, 2010).

Shawn Camp recorded Jim Rushing's 'Little Bitty Crack In Her Heart' (co-written with Shawn Camp) and included the track on '1994' (Reprise Records, 2010).

Joe Diffie recorded Jim Rushing's 'Fit For A King' (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on 'Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album' (Rounder Records, 2010).

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers recorded Jim Rushing's 'Heaven's Green Fields' (co-written with Allen Shamblin) and included the track on 'Rambler's Call' (Rebel Records, 2010).

The Dunaways recorded Jim Rushing's 'Judgment Day' (co-written with Jerry Salley) and included the track on 'It's A God Thing' (Record Label Undetermined, 2010).
Terri Clark: 'Roots And Wings' (BareTrack/Capitol Nashville Records/EMI Canada, 2011)
Terri Clark recorded Jim Rushing's 'Lonesome's Last Call' (co-written with Terri Clark) and included the track on 'Roots And Wings' (BareTrack/Capitol Nashville Records/EMI Canada, 2011).


On Wednesday 21 September 2011, 'Mark Twain: Words & Music' (Mailboat Records, 2011), a double-CD produced by Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson, was released as a benefit for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, a non-profit foundation in Hannibal, Missouri. The project told the life story of Mark Twain in spoken word and song and featured many well-known artists.

'Run Mississippi' by Rhonda Vincent reached No.2 on the Bluegrass Today Chart the same week that 'Comet Ride' by Ricky Skaggs reached No.7.

'Mark Twain: Words & Music' (Mailboat Records, 2011) was the most downloaded Americana album of all time on AirPlay Direct, an online music source for radio stations, with more than seven thousand downloads in its first year.

Artists involved in the project included Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Bradley Walker, Carl Jackson, The Church Sisters, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Marty Raybon, Val Storey, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie and Ricky Skaggs.

'Mark Twain: Words & Music' (Mailboat Records, 2011) included Jim Rushing's 'A Cowboy In His Soul' (co-written with Bryan Kennedy); the track featured lead vocals from Bradley Walker.

Gene Watson re-recorded Jim Rushing's 'Nothing Sure Looked Good On You' and included the track on 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

Darrell Scott: 'Long Ride Home' (Full Light Records, 2012)

Darrell Scott recorded Jim Rushing's 'Trying Not To Love You' (co-written with Darrell Scott) and included the track on 'Long Ride Home' (Full Light Records, 2012).

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