Gene Watson plans album for September release
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
– Country music veteran Gene Watson makes his Shanachie debut with "In A Perfect World" Sept. 25. Watson has enjoyed almost 50 charting singles with 21 Top 10 hits and 5 number 1 songs since his mid-seventies chart debut.
Special guests on his new CD are Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Joe Nichols, Mark Chesnutt, Connie Smith and Rhonda Vincent.
"A Perfect World" was produced by Brent Rowan. The disc features a mix of new material and classic country songs, with the emphasis on new material in the classic country tradition.
Watson said, "I contacted some of the best writers in the business, and we started to get some premium songs. Tim Mensy, just about everyone in the traditional country field knows him; plus he's just one of the finest singers and musicians around. Skip Ewing, he's just fantastic. I talked to Skip personally and Tim too about the songs."
Watson picked all of the cover songs. He said, "'Today I Started Loving You' is a song that's been in my show for quite awhile. I'm a huge Merle Haggard fan, and I usually do one of his songs in my shows and people have always responded to "Today I Started Loving You."
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