Then & Now

Then & Now

by Gene Watson


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Then & Now

Soulful South Texas honky tonk singer Gene Watson never seemed to take his career all that seriously -- even through his period of greatest success, when he was having a string of hit singles in the early '80s, he kept his day job as an auto body repairman -- but since the early '70s, he's recorded more than his share of minor country classics. On his first album for Koch, a label that specializes in reviving the careers of faded old-school country singers, Watson has chosen 13 of his favorite songs to revisit. The results are impressive; rather than being a cynical "updating" of old hits with inappropriately modern production and arrangements, as so many country singers have done over the decades, Then & Now doesn't focus on Watson's best-known old songs. There's no "Love in the Hot Afternoon" or "Fourteen-Carat Mind" here, but every song Watson picked out is a gem. Producing the sessions himself and surrounding his weathered but not faded voice with a small group of traditional country musicians, Watson has created a timeless-sounding, largely acoustic set of tunes that could have been recorded at any point in the preceding 50 years of country music. Old-school gems like "If I'm a Fool for Leaving" (from the pen of Little Jimmy Dickens) sit next to more modern fare such as "You Could Know as Much," which someone like Travis Tritt could take into the charts tomorrow. An unpretentious, easygoing set of favorites, Then & Now is primarily for Watson's longtime fans, but those averse to the overly slick production of Urban Cowboy-era Nashville, which often marred Watson's older albums, will also appreciate hearing these songs in a more sympathetic setting.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0684038986729
catalogNumber: 9867

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Watson   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Vocal Harmony
Bobby All   Acoustic Guitar
Jimmy Capps   Acoustic Guitar
Greg Galbreath   Guitar
Gregg Galbraith   Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Hoot Hester   Fiddle
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
David Smith   Bass
Hank Sanger   Fiddle
Jerry Croon   Drums

Technical Credits

Little Jimmy Dickens   Composer
Gene Watson   Producer,Audio Production
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Rory Michael Bourke   Composer
Roger Brown   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Ernie Rowell   Composer
David Lindsey   Composer
Michael Reid   Composer
Bruce Burch   Composer
Warren Robb   Composer
Kenneth Bell   Composer
Charles Quillen   Composer
Skip Graves   Composer
Nadine Bryant   Composer

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