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Gene Watson

Gene Watson

The Western Flyers

Fri, December 1, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 10:30 pm)

$31.00 - $56.00

Gene Watson
Gene Watson
This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. Gene’s very first radio single, the self-penned “If It’s That Easy” was released in 1962 so the entertainer is celebrating his 50 Years in the music business, a “Golden Anniversary” in 2012. Although the song didn’t make any radio charts, it did start the career of the man now known as “The Singer’s Singer.” Gene Watson’s tally of 75 charted titles, 23 top-10 hits and 6 number-one records has led to membership in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Radio listeners are still transfixed whenever classics like “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” or “Love in the Hot Afternoon” are played. The depth of emotion in his singing, his brilliant phrasing, his jaw-dropping range and the power in the lyrics he chooses are all factors in the awe he inspires in both fans and his musical peers.

At an age when most people are contemplating retirement, Gene Watson is still making some of the greatest records of his life, receiving such accolades as Album of the Year and even Album of the Decade from journalists around the world. Watson earned the title of 2010 Country Music Legend of the Year, from Citadel Media’s Real Country Radio Network nationwide fan vote.

Watson is one of the rare singers who still sings in the same key as he did 30 years ago and his audiences respond with standing ovations night after night when he nails the octave jumping last note on his most requested song, the now country classic “Farewell Party.” As Rodney Crowell so aptly stated, “Just when I think Country Music is a lost art form, something by Gene Watson catches my ear and I can breathe again.”

Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation Watson offers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business. His stunning voice captivates audiences and keeps his fans coming back again and again.
The Western Flyers
The Western Flyers
The Western Flyers are one of the most exciting new bands to glide onto the music scene in years. Their music is a distinctive cross section of the Great American Songbook: authentic Western Swing, Hot Jazz and Swing standards, cowboy songs and electrifying old-time fiddle tunes. Internationally renowned guitar master Joey McKenzie drives the train with the powerful rhythm, while reigning National Swing Fiddle champion Katie Glassman and world-class upright bassist Gavin Kelso add fuel to the fire. A blending of tradition and innovation, The Western Flyers are a singular musical experience; a fresh take on a venerable American art form performed by three Western swing virtuosos.

Touring beind their 2016 debut release, Wild Blue Yonder, the new album explodes with the influence of this storied genre, and if Bob Wills was listening offstage, he'd be smiling in approval.

"I love The Western Flyers. They are a fearlessly dedicated band that swings hard. Joey, Katie, and Gavin, in the words of Handsome Harry, "Lay it down where it stays down till they leave town". Their music makes me smile. When I listen to them play I know that I am in the presence of modern masters in motion. Here's to the Wild Blue Yonder and all points in between." - Marty Stuart

"The Western Flyers not only perform in this oft-neglected style of Texas music from the 1940's, they do so with a brilliance and panache that will draw in any fans of traditional American string music." - Bluegrass Today.
Venue Information:
Greenville Municipal Auditorium
2821 Washington St
Greenville, TX, 75401
http://www.showtimeatthegma.com