Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2018, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Tim Culpepper, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Tim Culpepper who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

This quote was submitted on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

'Gene Watson has been a main influence on me and my music since I was old enough to reach the knob on a record player or tape player, and ever since I could look over a dresser in the mirror to sing along with his music.

His stage presence and command of an audience to just sit and listen to him sing a burning country song or slow sad tear-jerking ballad has always been something that I've studied and tried to immulate.

He is so humble and one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet.

He is long overdue and should have already had his name listed in The Country Music Hall of Fame as someone who has shaped many artists' careers and is widely respected by his peers and fans of real, true, traditional country music.

Gene Watson will always be known as 'A Singer's Singer'!

Thank you, Tim Culpepper, for your support of Gene Watson.


Pop Tim Culpepper's "Pourin' Whiskey On Pain" album into your music player of choice, and you just might be taken back to the winter months of 1986, when a young Kentucky native on RCA Records named Keith Whitley was first hitting with "Miami, My Amy." If it does, Culpepper said that sound is intentional."Growing up and listening to that kind of music did something to me," the Alabama native tells Billboard. "I love that feeling that it gives you when you hear the bending of those notes. It's a great sound, and I love it."Music was all around during his formative years, as he recalls.
"My dad played in the clubs, and ran with Merle Kilgore and Marty Robbins, all these people that I consider legends. He was one of my heroes, and I wanted to be just like him. One night, I drug out the 1955 Epiphone guitar, and I asked him to teach me how to play." Tim says that solidified the bond between father and son.
The Whitley influence can best be heard in the powerful "Ghost," which was the album's first single. "I just thought that it was a fresh and unique take on a subject that has been written about a hundred times. It's about a lost love leaving a haunting memory. In this case, the memory is a ghost. When I first heard it, I just knew there was something infectious about it. It was a sad topic, but it had a feel good melody - one that sticks in your mind. It hit a core with a lot of people, and the video also brought us a lot of exposure. We were fortunate enough to win the Independent Country Music Association Video of the Year and we went down to meet with Alan Shepard, and accepted the award.
"I have found there is a demand for what we are doing, because I seen it all the time in social media and in the shows. Radio has really accepted our music and what we have to offer. I think there's room for anybody. If it's pleasing to the ears, I think it will work."
For Tim Culpepper, it works very well indeed.
~ Chuck Dauphin / Billboard Magazine

Tim with respected music critic, author, and historian Robert K. Oermann at MusicRow


Tim with respected music critic, author, and historian Robert K. Oermann at MusicRow