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Classic Rewind: Gene Watson – ‘Bottle Of Tears’

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4 responses to “Classic Rewind: Gene Watson – ‘Bottle Of Tears’

  1. Jonathan Pappalardo July 5, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Gene has made comments recently conveying his thoughts on the current state of the genre. SCM has the story:

    http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/gene-watson-wants-more-real-country-music-on-the-radio-some-depth/

  2. Ken July 7, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Great singer with a very weak song. After successful stints with Capitol Records [1975-1980] and MCA & MCA/Curb [1981-1985] Gene moved to the Epic label. His second Epic single in late 1985 “Memories To Burn” returned him to the top 5 and it appeared that his career had been recharged. Unfortunately weak material like this song [#50 in 1986] kept him from scoring additional hits. He moved to Warner Brothers in 1988 where his debut single “Don’t Waste It On The Blues” earned him a top 5 hit in early 1989 but once again subsequent singles failed to hit. Gene is an amazing singer but post-1985 he couldn’t consistently find great songs.

    Interesting that just as Gene’s chart career was descending along came Doug Stone whose voice and style was thisclose to Gene Watson’s. Initially Doug had access to great material but ultimately he fell victim to the same fate as Gene and his string of hits ended in the mid-90’s.

  3. Paul W Dennis July 7, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Not a sterling song at all, but after Gene was shuffled off to minor and independent labels, his material became consistently stronger, as the likelihood of radio playing the songs faded from ero to none. Gene’s recent albums have been terrific

    Funny you mentioned Doug Stone. I saw Doug about eight years ago and he did most of his hits with just his acoustic guitar as accompaniment, since he assumed most house bands would not know his songs. He’s a very good picker, and I remember thinking at the time that he was fairly close to Gene Watson as a quality vocalist and I wondered how Gene’s hits would work out in acoustic versions

  4. luckyoldsun July 7, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    That song “Bottle of Tears” has some pretty good turns of phrases.

    Dough Stone is almost a generation more recent than Watson, but–at least here–his voice seems shot, compared to Gene’s later appearances.

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