Gene Watson takes the stage on Sunday, June 2, for a matinee performance at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro. Known as “The Singer’s Singer,” Watson’s powerful voice and multi-octave range allow him to sing some of the most challenging songs with ease. With over twenty top-ten hits, Watson’s career took off with the release of “Love in the Hot Afternoon.”
Even in a musical genre noted for its hard-luck stories, Gene Watson’s stands out. The family drifted from job to job as his itinerant father took logging and crop-picking jobs. Watson comments, “I can remember singing as far back as I can remember talking. Singing was something that was not out of the ordinary for me. It wasn’t unique. My whole family sang.”
Watson’s national success continued throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, as he recorded several Billboard top-40 hits, including “Where Love Begins,” “Paper Rosie,” “Should I Go Home (or Should I Go Crazy),” “Nothing Sure Looked Good on You,” and “Farewell Party,” which was released in 1979 and quickly became Watson’s signature song and the namesake of his Farewell Party Band.
Doors open at 1 pm, Woodward Theatre opens at 2 pm, and the concert begins at 3 pm. Tickets are on sale now at bluegrasshall.org or by calling 270-926-7891.