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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 Trent Willmon, which he submitted to this site on Monday 13 November 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Trent Willmon who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Monday 13 November 2006.
'I have always loved Gene Watson! What a legend. He is the Don Williams of the tenor section.
Countless nights I tried to cover 'Got No Reason Now For Going Home', 'Farewell Party' and 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', dropping the key several steps so I could hit the high notes.
Several years ago when I moved to Nashville, I went to Fan Fair. There was Gene Watson, the legend from my home state of Texas, backstage. I got to shake his hand right before he took the stage, and take the stage he did!
He actually stole the show from Diamond Rio and all the other younger contemporary acts that day.
What a legend and a true Texas gentleman!'
Thank you, Trent Willmon, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Trent Willmon...
Trent Willmon is a native of Amarillo, Texas where he was born in March 1973. He grew up on a ranch near Afton, Texas without a television and only one radio station and thus learned to read at a young age. He spent his first years of high school studying agriculture.
However, Trent's focus changed when his mother bought him his first guitar when he was sixteen years old. Trent then became immersed in the west Texas music scene and began sitting in with local favorites such as The Maines Brothers Band and Jody Nix.
Trent Willmon's musical heritage that he grew up with included music from such west Texas talents as Buddy Holly (Monday 7 September 1936 - Tuesday 3 February 1959), Joe Ely, Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002), George Strait and Don Williams.
Trent Willmon attended South Plains College where he studied agriculture and animal science. While there, he learned to play the upright bass and began touring the south with a bluegrass band. He then moved to Nashville in 1995 to pursue a song-writing career.
Trent Willmon found work caring for horses at record producer Scott Hendricks's ranch south of Nashville. Scott helped him make big-city contacts, one of which was song-publishing executive Chris DuBois.
Trent Willmon was the first writer signed to the staff of Sea Gayle Music, an EMI co-publishing company started by Chris Dubois, Frank Rogers and Brad Paisley.
As his tunesmith's talent developed, Trent Willmon discovered that a number of artists including Julie Roberts, Montgomery Gentry and Darryl Worley began to record his songs.
Julie Roberts recorded Trent Willmon's 'Rain On A Tin Roof' (co-written with Chris Stapleton) and included the track on 'Julie Roberts' (Mercury Records, 2004).
Trent Willmon saw the release of his debut single, 'Beer Man', in the early part of 2004. Frank Rogers produced Trent's self-titled debut album, 'Trent Willmon' (Columbia Records, 2004), which was released on Columbia Records in June 2004.
In 2006, Trent Willmon's second album, 'A Little More Living' (Columbia Records, 2006) was released on Columbia Records.