Legendary Country Singer Gene Watson to Perform at Paragon Saturday, July 18

gene-watsonMarksville, La., (June 25, 2015) – Gene Watson, one of the most loved and respected figures in the history of country music, is set to appear in the Mari Showroom at Paragon Casino resort on Saturday, July 18 at 8pm. Tickets are $15.00, and are on sale now.

Watson, best known for his hit singles “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” Paper Rosie,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “Farewell Party” is the idol of such younger performers as Joe Nichols, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and Randy Travis.

 “I can remember singing as far back as I can remember talking,” said Watson, a native of Paris, Texas. “Singing was something that was not out of the ordinary for me. It wasn’t unique. My whole family were singers.” Gene eventually settled in Houston, TX where he developed a strong local following and staged his disc debut. In 1964, the Grand Ole Opry duo, The Wilburn Brothers, took Gene on the road briefly. Then it was back to the Texas honky-tonks and a string of local singles throughout the ‘60s.

But in 1974, one of Gene Watson’s small-label singles caught the ear of Capitol Records. He was an auto-body repairman and the featured performer at Houston’s Dynasty nightclub when the label picked up the steamy, sexual waltz “Love in the Hot Afternoon” for national distribution. It became the first of Gene Watson’s two-dozen top-10 hits in early 1975.

“It’s unbelievable to me that it’s been 50 years,” says Gene. “For most of those years, it seemed like it took everything I could do to keep working as steady as I needed to. Now that I’m older, it seems like everything comes to me without trying. I’m working more shows than I was 15 years ago. Every time I step out on that stage and see that audience, it’s a new beginning. Even though I’ve sung these songs millions of times, I look at each one like it’s brand new to me. Every night, I try to deliver that song the best that I can.

Fellow country star Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn) echoes the sentiments of fellow industry heavyweights. “To this day he is known as a singer's singer in Nashville.  Gene is a special artist.  The trail that he forged made it possible for a lot of us to be where we are today.”

Tickets for Gene Watson are available at LA 1 Market, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.