• 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

Adkins Publicity

Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.

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 2014, 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 Jeff Bates, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

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



Jeff Bates
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

'Gene Watson, the man with the smoothest, silkiest voice in country music actually helped save my life!

I had always been a huge fan of Gene's voice and music, singing his songs at my gigs since I was seventeen years old!

In 2001, while in rehab in Davidson County Jail in Nashville, Tennessee I surrendered my life and my addiction fully to Jesus Christ!

That surrender happened forty-five days into my incarceration for grand theft and meth related charges.

The next day, after my conversion, I received my very first visit from my Warner Chapell song plugger and friend, Rusty Gaston, who told me Gene had recorded two songs that very day that I had co-written, less than twenty-four hours since I had promised God that I simply wanted to do what He wanted me to do, even if it meant staying in jail!



Gene recorded 'The Man an' Me & You' and 'Would It Be Cheating'.

I was ecstatic and humbled, and I knew in my heart that God wanted me to continue writing songs, that He had a plan for me, a purpose for me, and that knowledge at that moment completely changed my life forever!

I've been clean and sober now for thirteen years!

Thank you, Gene, for letting God use you, your voice, and your music to reach out in the darkness to a man who had lost everything to addiction and giving me hope and helping turn my life around!

I am forever grateful, my friend!'

Thank you, Jeff Bates, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Jeff Bates...

Jeff Bates was born Jeffery Wayne 'Jeff' Bates on Thursday 19 September 1963 in Bunker Hill, Mississippi, a community in Marion County. Jeff Bates attended East Marion High School in Columbia.

After signing a contract with Warner-Chappell Publishing, Jeff Bates developed a methamphetamine addiction in late 1999. To feed the drug habit, he sold everything he owned and then resorted to stealing, including a guitar from his friend Kenny Beard.

On Wednesday 14 March 2001, Jeff Bates was arrested for drug possession and grand theft. Following rehabilitation and jail time, Jeff Bates was given a second chance and signed to RCA Nashville Records. The song 'One Second Chance' was inspired by this part of his life.

Gene Watson recorded Jeff Bates' 'The Man an' Me & You', which was co-written with Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017), and included the track on 'From The Heart' (RMG Records, 2001).

Gene Watson recorded Jeff Bates' 'Would It Be Cheating' (co-written with Michael White and Carson Chamberlain) and included the track on 'From The Heart' (RMG Records, 2001).

Tracy Lawrence recorded Jeff Bates' 'What a Memory', which was co-written with Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017), and included the track on 'Tracy Lawrence' (Warner Bros. Records, 2002); the track reached No.53 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 2002.

Montgomery Gentry recorded Jeff Bates' 'Break My Heart Again', which was co-written with Tim Owens and Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017), and included the track on 'My Town' (Columbia Nashville Records, 2002).

In 2003, Jeff Bates signed a recording contract with RCA Nashville Records and saw the release, on Tuesday 20 May 2003, of his debut album, 'Rainbow Man' (RCA Nashville Records, 2003), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart:

'The Love Song', which was written by Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Casey Beathard (No.8, 2002)
'Rainbow Man', which was written by Jeff Bates and Harley Allen (Monday 23 January 1956 - Wednesday 30 March 2011) (No.47, 2003)
'I Wanna Make You Cry', which was written by Jeff Bates and Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) (No.23, 2004)

Jeff Bates' debut album, 'Rainbow Man' (RCA Nashville Records, 2003), also included the following tracks:

'Country Enough', which was written by Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Tim Owens
'Long, Slow Kisses' (written by Jeff Bates, Gordon Bradberry and Ben Hayslip
'Lovin' Like That', which was written by Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Jimmy Yeary
'Your Lovin' Talks To Me' (written by Jeff Bates and Byron Hill)
'My Mississippi', which was written by written by Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Dave Loggins
'Already Spent' (written by Jeff Bates and Terry Clayton)
'My In-Laws Are Outlaws' (written by Jeff Bates and Byron Hill)
'The Wings of Mama's Prayers' (written by Jeff Bates, Terry Clayton and Kris Bergsnes)

Jeff Bates' debut album, 'Rainbow Man' (RCA Nashville Records, 2003), was produced by Jeff bates, David Malloy, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Scott Hendricks.

Gene Watson recorded Jeff Bates' 'When She Comes Back', which was co-written with Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Casey Beathard, and included the track on 'Gene Watson...Sings' (Intersound Records, 2003).

Andy Griggs recorded Jeff Bates' 'Careful Where You Kiss Me' (co-written with Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley) and included the track on 'This I Gotta See' (RCA Nashville Records, 2004).

Jeff Bates has been active in his works of compassion, collecting for organisations such as Toys For Tots and others. In 2005, a concert in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, raised $25,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief in Jeff's home area.

On Tuesday 25 October 2005, Jeff Bates saw the release of 'Good People' (Legacy Records/RCA Nashville Records, 2005), which included the following tracks:

'Good People'
'Designated Drinker'
'No Shame'
'That'll Get You Ten'
'The Woman He Walked On'
'Rub It In'
'One Second Chance'
'What I Know'
'I Can't Write That'
'Blood, Sweat And Beer'
'Mama Was A Lot Like Jesus'
'Long, Slow Kisses'

On Tuesday 11 April 2006, Jeff Bates saw the release of 'Leave The Light On' (RCA Nashville Records, 2006), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart:

'Long, Slow Kisses' (written by Jeff Bates, Gordon Bradberry and Ben Hayslip) (No.17, 2004)
'Good People' (written by Tim James and Kendall Marvel) (No.42, 2005)
'No Shame', which was writen by Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Jimmy Yeary (No.45, 2006)
'One Second Chance' (written by Arlis Albritton, Chris DuBois and Dave Turnbull) (No.59, 2006)

Jeff Bates' 'Leave The Light On' (RCA Nashville Records, 2006) also included the following tracks:

'Rub It In' (written by Layng Martine Junior)
'Hands On Man' (written by Carson Chamberlain, Mark D. Sanders and Michael White)
'Leave The Light On', which was written by Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017), Jimmy Yeary and Monty Criswell
'That'll Get You Ten' (written by Wade Kirby and Eric Church)
'The Woman He Walked On' (written by Bob DiPiero, Mitzi Dawn Jenkins and Tony Mullins)
'I Can't Write That', which was written by Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Billy Yates
'What I Know', which was written by Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Casey Beathard
'Mama Was a Lot Like Jesus' (written by Rob Crosby, Kelly Shiver and Ray Stephenson)

As a result of the three singles, 'Good People' (No.42, 2005), 'No Shame' (No.45, 2006) and 'One Second Chance' (No.59, 2006) from 'Leave The Light On' (RCA Nashville Records, 2006), peaking outside the Billboard Country Top 40, Jeff Bates was dropped from the RCA Nashville Records roster.

In August 2006, a $3,500 guitar that was a gift to Jeff Bates from the Takamine guitar company and used in his video for the song 'One Second Chance' was stolen from Jeff's garage. When he called the Nashville police, Detective Rick Mavity was sent to investigate. Rick Mavity was the same officer involved in Jeff Bates' arrest in 2001. Rick Mavity located the stolen guitar in a pawn shop and returned it to Jeff.

Lonestar recorded Jeff Bates' 'Careful Where You Kiss Me' (co-written with Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley) and included the track on 'Mountains' (BNA Records, 2006).

In May 2007, Jeff Bates married his girlfriend, Kelly Vaughn, in an outdoor ceremony.

In 2008, Jeff Bates signed with Black River Entertainment Music Group and saw the release of 'Jeff Bates' (Black River Entertainment, 2008), which included three tracks, which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart:

'Don't Hate Me For Lovin' You' (written by Jeff Bates, Jimmy Yeary, Kemi Williams and Lonnie Wilson) / this track was released as a single in 2008, but it did not chart
'Riverbank' (written by Jeff Bates, Robert Arthur and Kirk Roth) / this track was released as a single in 2008, but it did not chart
'One Thing' (written by Jeff Bates, Jason Matthews and Jim McCormick) / this track was released as a single in 2008, but it did not chart

Jeff Bates' self-titled album, 'Jeff Bates' (Black River Entertainment, 2008), also included the following tracks:

'I Can't Have Nothing Nice' (written by Jeff Bates, Ben Hayslip and Brandon Kinney)
'Lonesome', which was written by Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017), Casey Beathard and Frank Rogers
'A Country Girl Can' (written by Jeff Bates, Ben Hayslip and Jason Matthews)
'Chevy Don't Let Me Down' (written by Jeff Bates, Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Yeary)
'My Wave' (written by Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Yeary)
'Some Days', which was written by Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Ben Hayslip
'He Wasn't Like Us' (written by Jeff Bates, Ben Hayslip and Brandon Kinney)
'Dead Or Alive' (written by Jeff Bates, Robert Arthur and Kirk Roth)
'Country Man', which was written by Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017) and Jimmy Yeary
'Somebody's Falling', which was written by Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017), Deborah Allen and Paul Overstreet

Jamey Johnson recorded Jeff Bates' 'Angel' (co-written with Jamey Johnson) and included the track on 'That Lonesome Song' (Mercury Nashville Records, 2008).

In January 2009, Jeff Bates saw the release of his first Christmas single, 'That's What Christmas Is', with Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers fame singing background vocals.

Daisy Mallory recorded Jeff Bates' 'Girl Time' (co-written with Aly Cutter and Daisy Mallory) and included the track on 'Girl Time' (Daisy Mallory Music, 2010).

Trace Adkins recorded Jeff Bates' 'Cowboy's Back in Town', which was co-written with Trace Adkins and Kenny Beard (Thursday 26 February 1959 - Sunday 1 October 2017), and included the track on 'Cowboy's Back In Town' (Show Dog-Universal Music Nashville Records, 2010).

Trace Adkins recorded Jeff Bates' 'Still Love You' (co-written with Robert Arthur and Kirk Roth) and included the track on 'Cowboy's Back In Town' (Show Dog-Universal Music Nashville Records, 2010).

Blake Shelton recorded Jeff Bates' 'That Thing We Do' (co-written with Jason Matthews) and included the track on 'All About Tonight' (Extended Play) (Reprise Nashville Records, 2010).

On Tuesday 15 February 2011, Jeff Bates saw the release of 'One Day Closer', his second and first EP for Black River Entertainment/Music Group, which included the following tracks:

'The Rapture'
'Living Stones'
'One Day Closer'
'Wayfaring Stranger'
'Life's Railway To Heaven'
'If You Could See Me Now'

Luke Williams recorded Jeff Bates' 'Train Wreck' (co-written with Don Bradley and Kirk Roth) and included the track on 'Test Of Time' (LWB Records, 2011).

Luke Williams recorded Jeff Bates' 'Haggardville' (co-written with Troy Cook Junior and Kirk Roth) and included the track on 'Test Of Time' (LWB Records, 2011).

The Bellamy Brothers (Howard Bellamy & David Bellamy) recorded Jeff Bates' 'New Man In The Suit' (co-written with John Ritter) and included the track on 'Pray For Me' (Bellamy Brothers Records, 2012).

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