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Dale Bessant
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From: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

posted 04 September 2003 04:51 PM     profile     
I had the great fortune to be part of a warm up act for a couple of shows for Gene a few years ago and I heard thru the grapevine that he had some medical problems a while back,he is in my opinion, a very underated country male vocalist and if anyone could update me with any news on how he is it would be appreciated...
Donna Dodd
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From: Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

posted 04 September 2003 05:14 PM     profile     
We saw Gene Watson this year just outside Atlanta. We were not aware of his health issues. But I'd like to think his singing ability reflects his health status, because it was INCREDIBLE! I don't think he was actually under-rated in his prime, but he's certainly forgotten - isn't he? Could be he's just nolonger interested in the fast lane at this stage of his life. Could be a lot of things, I guess.
BUT, he is SENSATIONAL!!
I hope someone can enlighten us on his health.
donna
Dale Bessant
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From: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

posted 04 September 2003 05:54 PM     profile     
Donna,I was surfin'the net and came across a site called Priceless Memories at www.pricelessmemories.com and clicked on benefits and it says a benefit was held to help pay for his medical expenses, anyways that was back in 2001,so I guess if you saw him after that then I guess he is fine and yes the man can sing and always has had a great band too.
Wayne Brown
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From: Strathmore, Alberta, Canada

posted 04 September 2003 05:56 PM     profile     
i was talking with corky about two weeks ago and it seams that gene's fine ...they'll be here in calgary at the end of oct...now ask me if i'm going to miss the concert...NOT
wayne

[This message was edited by Wayne Brown on 04 September 2003 at 05:57 PM.]

Dale Bessant
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From: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

posted 04 September 2003 06:16 PM     profile     
Where's he playin' out there? Id love to see him and his band again..I have a tape of when he was on Austin City Limits this was quite a while ago with Steve Pulusak (I think thats how you spell his name)on steel and two and three part harmony licks with the fiddle,lead guitar,piano and steel it was great ...
Fred Shannon
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From: Rocking "S" Ranch, Comancheria, Texas

posted 04 September 2003 06:43 PM     profile     

[This message was edited by Fred Shannon on 06 December 2004 at 01:11 AM.]

Dale Bessant
Member

From: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

posted 04 September 2003 06:53 PM     profile     
Fred thanks for the info, glad to hear that clean bill of health, I anxiously await to hear the show...
Donna Dodd
Moderator

From: Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

posted 04 September 2003 06:57 PM     profile     
The band Tommy plays for opened for Gene at an outdoor venue. His band members watched most of their show and were very cordial. I got a kick out of them saying they were all close friends, and for entertainment they usually they all go to a movie together when they're on the road. (I liked THAT!)
Wayne Brown
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From: Strathmore, Alberta, Canada

posted 04 September 2003 08:43 PM     profile     
i haven't heard where yet but i'll keep you informed...i know there's 2 confermed date though
thanks
wayne
daynawills
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From: Sacramento, CA

posted 04 September 2003 11:05 PM     profile     
I got to see Gene in concert in Llano, TX at the Lantex Theater in May 2002. He said that he'd just been checked out and was cancer free. And boy can he sing! I agree, a very underated artist.
Pat Jenkins
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From: Abingdon, VA, USA

posted 05 September 2003 04:04 AM     profile     
Gene is in concert, tonite, September 5th, at the Russell County Fair in Castlewood, VA. He goes on at 8pm. It is WXLZ nite at the fair.
Erv Niehaus
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From: Litchfield, MN, USA

posted 05 September 2003 07:01 AM     profile     
There aren't too many singers that can come close to "Farewell Party" as sung by Gene Watson! I think Buddy Emmons did the steel work on this song. A true work of art!!!
Erv
Doug Brumley
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From: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

posted 05 September 2003 08:10 AM     profile     
Actually, according to the Rebel, Ricky, & Jeff MP3 site, it was Lloyd Green playing on that Gene Watson version.
Dale Bessant
Member

From: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

posted 05 September 2003 08:23 AM     profile     
I dont know who played on the session but its got to be the one of the all time great country songs ..
Ron Page
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From: Cincinnati, OH USA

posted 05 September 2003 01:12 PM     profile     
Regarding Alan Jackson's "Under the Influence" cut of "Farwell Party", Paul Franklin said he played the break pretty much the way Lloyd had on the original. Also, since that one is on Lloyd's new album, I'm guessing he did that session.

As for Buddy's work with Gene, you can get a fresh dose of that on "From The Heart", whe Gregg Galbraith on lead guitar. Also, Buddy played on Gene's release "A Way To Survive" a few years back.

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HagFan

John Steele
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From: Renfrew, Ontario, Canada

posted 05 September 2003 01:31 PM     profile     
Lloyd explained during his set in St. Louis that the Johnny Bush version of "Farewell Party" pre-dated the Watson version. (Jimmy Day on steel...wow). Lloyd also explained that he was surprised to find the "original" cut of that tune was done by:
(drum roll)
Little Jimmy Dickens

-John
Pat Jenkins
Member

From: Abingdon, VA, USA

posted 06 September 2003 06:57 AM     profile     
Last nite's show was outstanding. Gene was in fine form, as was Corky on steel. I was fortunate enough to be the emcee. Jim Black, Gene's road manger and keyboard man, said that Gene has a clean bill of health and is doing well. They had a great mix, too, with Corky getting to show a lot of great work on his steel. A fine evening...Pat
Donna Dodd
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From: Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

posted 15 September 2003 08:39 PM     profile     
Tommy and I heard Gene and his great band tonight in a very small venue at the Gwinnett County Fair (Georgia). Gene eased a lot of concerned minds by sharing his good-health report update. His new album will be out October 15, and from the sound of the cuts he did tonight, I'll venture to say it'll be in a lot of Christmas stockings this year!!
Corkey was great on steel, playing his red Carter. Unfortunately, the sound guys didn't have him up enough. But we were close to the front, and had no trouble hearing his PERFECTION!! About a half-hour after the show, we kind of caught him in the act taking something hot back to the bus. He tried to cover it up, but we aren't dummies - we knew what was going on . . . It was a HOT funnel cake with extra powdered sugar!!!
Can't go to a county fair without having one!
Terry Downs
Member

From: Garland, TX US

posted 16 September 2003 05:42 PM     profile     
I've known Corky for a long time and he is awesome. I've had the privilege to be in the opening band for Gene as well as Perfect Stranger when Corky was with them. Don't miss an opportunity to see Gene and Corky...a class act.
Ernest Cawby
Member

From: Lake City, Florida, USA

posted 16 September 2003 06:46 PM     profile     
Johnny Bush in 1960 with Jimmy Day.
Gene Watson dit it in 1985 With LLoyd Green,
according to Jeff Newman, In his woodshed workshop vol 32

ernie

Dale Bessant
Member

From: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

posted 17 September 2003 07:41 PM     profile     
Will definately be looking for that new Gene Watson C.D. in Oct. then.....
Bob Blair
Member

From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

posted 19 September 2003 08:30 PM     profile     
It's gotta have been earlier than 85 that the Gene Watson version came out - I remember trying to play it like Lloyd back when I was living in Kingston, and I left there in the summer of 80.
Ricky Davis
Moderator

From: Spring, Texas USA

posted 20 September 2003 01:15 AM     profile     
Johnny Bush version of Farewell Party with Jimmy Day on Steel was 1967. Gene Watson version with Lloyd Green on Steel was 1979.
Ricky

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