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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 Roger Wallace, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 10 October 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Roger Wallace who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 10 October 2006.
'Gene Watson is an inspiration to anyone who wants to sing a real country song.
In today's music business, where a pretty face and willingness to change to the whims of pop music take precedence over talent and passion, Gene Watson stands as a true symbol of what real country music is.
The phrase 'a singer's singer' holds completely true about Gene Watson - one listen to 'Love In The Hot Afternoon' is all you need to know about what it's all about'.
Thank you, Roger Wallace, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Roger Wallace...
Roger Wallace is an acclaimed country music artist based in Austin, Texas who has earned a reputation for creating classic country that mixes deep rural roots with a cosmopolitan refinement and eloquence.
Roger Wallace was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee where his parents played the local country station all day, every day. As he entered his teenage years, Roger developed a love for blues music. He sang in blues and rockabilly bands and hosted the blues show on his college radio station at the University of Tennessee. However, country music soon captured Roger’s imagination, particularly when he discovered Willie Nelson’s classic 'Red Headed Stranger'.
After his graduation, Roger Wallace landed a job in 1994 doing blues radio promotion at Antone Records and moved to Austin. He soon ended up going out seven nights a week, inspired by such Austin acts as Wayne Hancock, Junior Brown, Don Walser, The Derailers and Ted Roddy.
Roger Wallace became a devotee of writers such as Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002), Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992) and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010). After two years in town checking out the talent and observing how they worked, Roger Wallace began to write his own songs.
Singer and songwriter Teri Joyce asked him to join her group, The Tagalongs, as a featured singer. Soon afterwards, Roger Wallace started gigging with his own band and quickly sparked a buzz around town.
Don Ayers, of the small local Stockade Records label, offered to finance some recordings. These tracks became the basis of Roger Wallace's debut album 'Hillbilly Heights' (Texas Round-Up Records, 1999). The album received rave reviews and extensive airplay on Americana radio, as did its follow-up 'That Kind Of Lonely' (Texas Roundup Records, 2001).
2002 saw the release of 'The Lowdown' (Lone Star Records, 2002), Roger Wallace's Lone Star Records debut. The album, Roger's third, featured some of the most gifted musicians in Austin, including guest singer Toni Price on 'Blow Wind Blow' and noted producer and guitarist Derek O’Brien.
'The Lowdown' (Lone Star Records, 2002) also features seven of Roger Wallace's own compositions.
In the summer of 2007, Roger Wallace saw the release of 'It's About Time' (Texas Roundup Records, 2007).