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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 Shelby Lynne, which she submitted to this site on Monday 28 October 2013.

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



Shelby Lynne
This quote was submitted on Monday 28 October 2013.

'We listened to Gene, growing up, on Daddy’s 8-track player.



'Farewell Party' is a classic and Gene sang the hell out of it…when he hits the ending, that’s a moment on record'.

Thank you, Shelby Lynne, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Shelby Lynne...


Shelby Lynne was born Shelby Lynn Moorer on Tuesday 22 October 1968 in Quantico, Virginia and was destined to be a singer. Born a singer. Shelby was raised in rural Alabama by musical parents who stressed individuality and the importance of standing apart from others.

A terrible student, but avid reader, Shelby Lynne loved the written lyric and a beautiful melody. Around the house, she was surrounded by country music from the past, Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953), Dottie West (Tuesday 11 October 1932 - Wednesday 4 September 1991) and Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002), as well as old 45s that belonged to her parents, stacked high with most all Everly Brothers, Beatles and Elvis.

It was the old pop music that really turned her soul on. The harmonies that came so naturally to her from such an early age stemmed from her mother, a naturally gifted singer, who guided the diamond in the rough talent on rides to school on freezing Alabama mornings with her younger sister Allison (Moorer). They sang three part harmonies to pass the time, which brought the threesome so close in life, and in music. The Mills Brothers, Ink Spots, Kay Starr, Everly’s and anything that needed a harmony - this was the car in which to find it.

Shelby Lynne started playing guitar by the age of seven in order to accompany herself on these songs. Her father was a weekend guitar player in bands and bars and taught her a three-chord progression in E and, from there, the hunger for more was so intense she learned the rest on her own.

By high school graduation, Shelby's mind was made up and a trip to Nashville was inevitable. Married to her high school sweetheart with dreams of country music success in mind, they packed and moved to Nashville, where she met veteran songwriter Bob Tubert.

With only a cassette demo in hand, Bob Tubert took a chance and played the tape for the television producer of a long since gone program on The Nashville Network called 'Nashville Now', which was hosted by Ralph Emory.

In 1988, Shelby Lynne was offered the opportunity, by legendary producer Billy Sherrill, to record 'If I Could Bottle This Up' (written by Paul Overstreet and Dean Dillon), as a duet with country music legend George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), who praised Lynne’s ability to 'own' a song at such an early age.

After the performance, Shelby Lynne was offered a record deal by CBS Records, where legendary producer Billy Sherrill came out of semi-retirement to produce her first album, 'Sunrise' (Epic Records, 1989).

On Tuesday 12 September 1989, Shelby Lynne saw the release of her debut album, 'Sunrise' (Epic Records, 1989), which was produced by Billy Sherrill and Bob Montgomery and which included two tracks which were hit songs on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'The Hurtin' Side' (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid) (No.38, 1989)
'Little Bits And Pieces', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Dean Dillon (No.62, 1989)

Shelby Lynne's debut album, 'Sunrise' (Epic Records, 1989), also included the following tracks:
'Thinking About You Again' (written by Stephony Smith and Mike Porter)
'This Time I Almost Made It' (written by Billy Sherrill)
'What About This Girl' (written by Randy Boudreaux and Madeline Stone)
'Til You Were Gone' (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid)
'I Love You So Much (It Hurts)', which was written by Floyd Tillman (Tuesday 8 December 1914 - Friday 22 August 2003)
'That's Where It Hurts' (written by Ron Muir, Grady Burnette and Mark Burnette)
'I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)' (written by Doc Dougherty, Ellis Reynolds and Al Neiburg)
'Your Love Stays With Me' (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid)

On Wednesday 27 June 1990, Shelby Lynne saw the release of her second album, 'Tough All Over' (Epic Records, 1990), which was produced by Bob Montgomery and which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks and Singles Chart:

'I Lie Myself To Sleep' (written by Tony Haselden and Tim Menzies) (No.26, 1990)
'Things Are Tough All Over' (written by Lisa Silver and Trey Bruce) (No.23, 1990)
'What About The Love We Made' (written by John Rotch) (No.45, 1991)

Shelby Lynne's second album, 'Tough All Over' (Epic Records, 1990), also included the following tracks:

'Don't Mind If I Do' (written by Don Sampson and Skip Ewing)
'Lonely Weekends', which was written by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 - Tuesday 25 July 1995)
'Dog Day Afternoon' (written by Wayne C. Thompson)
'Baby's Gone Blues' (written by Mary Ann Kennedy, Pam Rose and Pat Bunch)
'Till A Better Memory Comes Along' (written by Gene Dobbins, Glenn Ray and Tim Menzies)
'I Walk The Line', which was written by Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003)
'Don't Get Around Much Anymore', which was written by Sidney Russell and Duke Ellington (29 April 1899 - Friday 24 May 1974)

Personnel involved in the recording of Shelby Lynne's second album, 'Tough All Over' (Epic Records, 1990), included the following:

Brent Mason (electric guitar)
Tony Haselden and Tim Menzies (acoustic guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Dave Pomeroy (bass)
Lonnie Wilson (drums)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Jonathan Yudkin (mandolin)
Matt Rollings (piano/keyboards)


It was as a result of hearing Shelby Lynne's cut of 'Till A Better Memory Comes Along' (written by Gene Dobbins, Glenn Ray and Tim Menzies) which prompted Gene Watson to record the track and include it on 'A Taste Of The Truth' (Shanachie Records, 2009).

On Tuesday 27 August 1991, Shelby Lynne saw the release of her third album, 'Soft Talk' (Epic Records, 1991), which was produced by James Stroud and which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks and Singles Chart:

'The Very First Lasting Love' (written by Les Taylor, Lonnie Wilson and Paul Hollowell) (a duet with Les Taylor)(No.50, 1991)
'Don't Cross Your Heart' (written by Tony Haselden and Tim Menzies) (No.54, 1991)

Shelby Lynne's third album, 'Soft Talk' (Epic Records, 1991), also included the following tracks:
'I've Learned To Live', which was written by Dean Dillon and Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012)
'Alive And Well' (written by Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones)
'Lighter Shade Of Blue', which was written by Troy Seals, Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Skip Ewing
'It Must Be Love' (written by Hugh Prestwood)
'You Can't Break A Broken Heart' (written by Chris Waters and Chuck Jones)
'Soft Talk' (written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser)
'Stop Me' (written by Jim Lauderdale and John Leventhal) / this track was a duet with Les Taylor
'It Might Be Me' (written by Chuck Jones and Gerald Martin)

Personnel involved in the recording of Shelby Lynne's third album, 'Soft Talk' (Epic Records, 1991), included the following:

Sonny Garrish (dobro, steel guitar)
Steve Gibson (electric guitar)
Chuck Jones (acoustic guitar)
Mike Lawler (organ, synthesizer)
Paul Leim (drums)
Shelby Lynne (vocals)
Brent Mason (acoustic guitar)
Mickey Raphael (harmonica)
Gary W. Smith (piano, keyboards)
Les Taylor (performer)
Glenn Worf (bass)

On Tuesday 6 July 1993, Shelby Lynne saw the relese of her fourth album, 'Temptation' (Morgan Creek Records/Mercury Records, 1993), which included two tracks which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks and Singles Chart:

'Feelin' Kind Of Lonely Tonight' (written by Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara) (No.69, 1993)
'Tell Me I'm Crazy' (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid) / this track did not chart

Shelby Lynne's fourth album, 'Temptation' (Morgan Creek Records/Mercury Records, 1993), also included the following tracks:

'Temptation' (written by Shelby Lynne, Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)
'Little Unlucky At Love' (written by Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)
'Some Of That True Love' (written by Shelby Lynne, Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)
'The Rain Might Wash Your Love Away' (written by Brent Maher, Don Potter and Don Schlitz)
'Don't Cry For Me' (written by Brent Maher)
'I Need A Heart To Come Home To' (written by John Jarvis and Russell Smith)
'Come A Little Closer' (written by Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)
'Where Do We Go From Here' (written by Brent Maher, Don Potter and Mike Reid)

Personnel involved in the recording of Shelby Lynne's fourth album, 'Temptation' (Morgan Creek Records/Mercury Records, 1993), included the following:

Jeff Bailey, Michael Haynes and George Tidwell (trumpet)
Eddie Bayers and Ron Tutt (drums)
Ernie Collins (bass trombone)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Dennis Good, Barry Green and Chris McDonald (trombone)
Rob Hajacos and Randy Howard (Sunday 20 November 1960 - Tuesday 29 June 1999) (fiddle)
Shelby Lynne (vocals)
Brent Mason (electric guitar)
Craig Nelson (bass, acoustic bass)
Bobby Ogdin (piano)
Don Potter (acoustic guitar, guitar)
Billy Puett (tenor saxophone)
Don Schlitz (composer)
Buddy Skipper (arranger, horn arrangements)
Denis Solee (alto saxophone)

On Tuesday 18 July 1995, Shelby Lynne saw the release of her fifth album, 'Restless' (Magnatone Records, 1995), which included three tracks which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks and Singles Chart:

'Slow Me Down' (written by Stephanie Davis, Shelby Lynne and Brent Maher) (No.59, 1995)
'I'm Not The One' (written by Kent Blazy and Craig Wiseman) / this track did not chart
'Another Chance At Love' (written by Brent Maher and Allen Shamblin) / this track did not chart

Shelby Lynne's fifth album, 'Restless' (Magnatone Records, 1995), also included the following tracks:Jamie O'Hara

'Talkin' To Myself Again' (written by Jamie O'Hara)
'Restless' (written by Shelby Lynne, Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)
'Just For The Touch Of Your Hand' (written by Shelby Lynne, Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)
'Hey Now Little Darling' (written by Shelby Lynne, Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)
'Reach For The Rhythm' (written by Shelby Lynne, Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)
'Wish I Knew' (written by Rod McGaha)
'Swingtown' (written by Shelby Lynne, Brent Maher and Jamie O'Hara)

Following the release of five albums in Nashville, Shelby Lynne was hungry for a change from the Nashville system and searched for a record producer who wanted to collaborate on a project. Shelby enlisted Bill Bottrell, who had produced for Michael Jackson and Madonna, and had had big success with Sheryl Crow on the highly successful 'Tuesday Night Music Club' (A&M Records, 1993).

On Saturday 10 April 1999 (in the United Kingdom) and on Tuesday 25 January 2000 (in the United States), Shelby Lynne saw the release of 'I Am Shelby Lynne' (Mercury Records UK, 1999/Island Records US, 2000).

Following several years of lackluster results from recording various styles of country music in and around Nashville, Shelby Lynne co-wrote and recorded this album in Palm Springs, California incorporating confessional lyrics with musical elements from blues and rock 'n' roll.

Shelby Lynne's 'I Am Shelby Lynne' (Mercury Records UK, 1999/Island Records US, 2000) is considered to be her breakout work and was the catalyst toward Shelby Lynne receiving her first career Grammy Award as 'Best New Artist' of 2000; the Award came more than a decade after Shelby Lynne's debut album, 'Sunrise' (Epic Records, 1989).

Shelby Lynne's 'I Am Shelby Lynne' (Mercury Records UK, 1999/Island Records US, 2000) included 'Gotta Get Back' (written by Bill Bottrell, Shelby Lynne and Dorothy Overstreet), which reached No.26 on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks and Singles Chart in 2000.

'Love, Shelby' (Island Records, 2001) was released on Tuesday 13 November 2001 and was followed by a pair of intimate, self-produced albums, 'Identity Crisis' (Capitol Records, 2003), which was released on Tuesday 16 September 2003, and 'Suit Yourself' (Capitol Records, 2005), which was released on Tuesday 24 May 2005.

Shelby Lynne made her acting debut in 2005, playing Johnny Cash’s mother, Carrie Cash (Sunday 13 March 1904 - Monday 11 March 1991) in the Fox Searchlight motion picture 'Walk The Line'.

On Tuesday 29 January 2008, Shelby Lynne saw the release of 'Just A Little Loving’ (Lost Highway Records, 2008/Mercury Records, 2008), her critically acclaimed tribute to Dusty Springfield (Sunday 16 April 1939 - Tuesday 2 March 1999).

In 2010, Shelby Lynne started her own record label, Everso Records, and saw the release of three album projects.

Shelby Lynne's 'Tears, Lies And Alibis' (Everso Records, 2010) was released on Tuesday 20 April 2010,debuting at No.16 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart. A Top 10 hit at Americana radio, the album was hailed by Newsday as 'her strongest album in a decade', a sentiment echoed by numerous critics.

Further album releases on Everso Records included the holiday album 'Merry Christmas' (Everso Records, 2010), which was released on Tuesday 12 October 2010, and 'Revelation Road' (Everso Records, 2011), which was released on Tuesday 18 October 2011.

Shelby Lynne's 'Revelation Road' (Everso Records, 2011) was hailed as her most personal record; she wrote, recorded and produced the album, which included the single 'Heaven’s Only Days Down The Road'. The track was tapped by NPR Music as the 'Song of the Day' and the accompanying video was added by CMT (Country Music Television).

Following a year-long solo acoustic tour, Shely Lynne saw the release, on Sunday 18 November 2012, of 'Revelation Road Deluxe Edition'. In addition to the original disc, the box set included Shelby Lynne's first-ever 'live' album, 'Live At McCabe’s', and her first 'live' DVD, 'Live In London', plus five bonus acoustic tracks, a documentary on the making of Revelation Road and more.

Connect with Shelby Lynne at shelbylynne.com

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