Gene Watson signs with Shanachie Records
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Gene Watson signs with Shanachie Records

Thursday, May 10, 2007 – Country veteran Gene Watson signed a record deal with Shanachie Records, which will result in his first album in four years this September.

This marks a continued foray by Shanachie into country since the label released albums by Daryle Singletary, David Ball and Confederate Railroad earlier this year.

The as-yet untitled album by Watson, who last released "Gene Watson Sings," will feature both new songs and versions of some of his favorite country classics. The recording for this highly anticipated album is scheduled to begin in May in Nashville and will be produced by Brent Rowan (Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton).

"Gene Watson is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest country singers of the past 40 years," notes Shanachie General Manager Randall Grass. "We strongly believe that a singer of Gene's talent and classic style embodies the best of country music's traditions, and so we are very proud to enter in this agreement with him. What's especially impressive is that even at this stage in his long career, Gene is singing better than ever."

The new music will be Watson's 30th release. He has 26 Top Twenty country hits, including 5 number 1 singles.

Watson said, "I'm excited to have this opportunity to record a new album for a great label like Shanachie. I think the fans will find we've got some great country songs and I hope they'll also enjoy my spin on some of my favorite country classics." Watson continues to tour extensively both within the United States and abroad. Shanachie has also just concluded a deal with Tammy Cochran to release her "Where I Am" album in July and beginning in May, producer Greg Cole is recording "The Greatest Country Love Songs Of All Time," which will feature guest vocalists George Jones, Aaron Tippin, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Daryle Singletary and Joe Diffie.

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