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Classic Rewind: Gene Watson – ‘What She Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Her’

9 responses to “Classic Rewind: Gene Watson – ‘What She Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Her’

  1. Danny Barker February 17, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I am a big Gene Watson fan. The man is a singers singer.

  2. Ken Johnson February 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Gene has just released a CD of newly recorded versions of 25 of his greatest hits including this song. Happy to say that Gene remains in great voice as he revisits his catalog of solid country hits. The arrangements and instrumental backing mirror the original recordings. Details on his website:

    http://gene-watson.com/25_best_2012.htm

    I will say that I’m not a proponent of artists re-recording their hits. Other than creating a new revenue stream for the artist there’s not much in it for the fans. In most cases we are used to hearing the original version of a song so other renditions only pale by comparison. Gene’s voice is still strong and vibrant. Wish that he had spent his time and efforts recording fresh new songs rather than revisiting his past. To me those songs were perfect and nothing could improve them.

    An alternative concept might have been to record those hits with a completely new approach perhaps altering the original tempo or musical style. Several years ago Janie Fricke re-recorded some of her hits in a bluegrass style. The results were quite good as it gave a fresh new interpretation to familiar material.

    • Paul W Dennis February 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Normally I would agree with you Ken, but Gene has recorded for so many different labels over the years that some of his hits simply haven’t been available, or have been available only on expensive imports. While Gene’s Capitol and MCA hits have been available at times, the Epic and Warner Brothers hits have largely disappeared.

      Moreover, Gene has not neglected new material – his last three albums, one a duet with Rhonda Vincent, have been excellent

      Most re-makes are nothing special. This CD is beyond excellent – it is a real treat.

  3. luckyoldsun February 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Just about every “heritage artist” (except for the ones that died young) –from Crosby, Sinatra, Bennett, to Ray Price, Cash, Haggard, Willie, Jones etc., has re-recorded their hits at different points in their career. Usually both alone and as duets with younger singers.

    If they give it a new perspective, it’s worthwile.
    If they attempt to do note-for-note remakes simply because they’ve moved to a new label–then it seems like a rip-off.

  4. Danny Barker February 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I think it was a good .Maybe now other people will understand what true country is all about;instead of the mainstream country being push on us if that all they hear .Then how can they know what true country is all about? Thank goodness for RFDTV who shows the old shows of country music like Porter Wagoner,Willburns Brothers and realy ESP for the show TRU COUNTRY that are trying to keep tru country is all about .It is a real shame ones who stay with tru country had to go to Texas to be heard that is ther is there gained and our lost. I am just saying.

  5. Michelle February 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    While I do not have any of Gene’s cd’s in my collection I would rather his music than some of the so called “Country” singers they play today and who win Grammy’s yes Ms. Swift I mean you. I also cannot believe he is not in the Hall of Fame.

  6. Andrew Leprich February 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve always loved Gene’s voice. He deserves to be far more well-known than he is.

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