Gene Watson isn’t ready for a farewell party just yet

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Gene Watson/photo submitted

By Kirt Webster

As summer comes to a close, country music star Gene Watson begins gearing up for his national fall tour. The legendary performer is heading out on the road to bring his unique brand of country to his legions of fans. Locally, Gene will be performing in Pigeon Forge at the Country Tonite Theater on November 6.

Watson’s career began in 1974, when Capitol Records picked up distribution rights for his song, “Love in the Hot Afternoon.” This hit song kicked off a career that has lasted for over 50 years. Having never intended to pursue music, Watson often refers to his consistent success in the music industry as “an accidental career.”

“I’ve been at the top and I’ve been just as low as you can go,” says Watson. “All that in between in my many years in this business has made me appreciate the fans all the more. Those are the folks who come out to hear the music and make it possible for singers like me to continue making the kind of country music we love—real country!”

Watson’s career comprises six No. 1 hit singles, 23 Top 10 hit singles and more than 75 charted singles. Known as “the singer’s singer,” Watson continues to tour extensively. His voice only gets better with the years. Having a rich voice, he conveys the deep musical history of both his music and the genre he represents. Even today, he still boasts a multi-octave range; a voice he most recently highlighted in the album “My Heroes Have Always Been Country.”

The 2014 release comprises 11 covers of songs that Watson calls some of his favorite country songs, including “Here Comes My Baby Again,” “Count Me Out” and the Merle Haggard classic, “It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad).”

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