Photo Credit: Chris Hollo for Grand Ole Opry
It is tough to believe that the saying, "Good things come to those who wait" can actually be daunting. Such was the case for this recent Grand Ole Opry inductee, Gene Watson, who was inducted by Opry member Steve Wariner.
“I remember my induction night as humbling and overwhelming,” said Steve “But tonight, it’s about Gene who is a great ambassador for country music and one of the best interpreters of a country song that ever lived.”
From his chart-topping soulful gospel albums to his No. 1 country standards, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Gene Watson. As the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, he has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas, known as “The Singer’s Singer,” has more than 75 charted titles, 23 Top 10 hits, six No. 1 country singles and three No. 1 gospel hits.
After an introduction on stage by Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs who claimed Gene as one of the most respected voices in country music history, Gene came center stage. “It’s hard to find the words to say, so I guess better than talking I ought to sing,” he said . “So many people contributed to this wonderful night, and I make a promise to everyone to keep up the tradition of country music,” he continued before delivering his hits “Got No Reason Now For Goin’ Home” and “Fourteen Carat Mind.”
Upon receiving his Opry member award and holding it high, the country legend closed his set to a standing ovation with a flawless performance of his classic “Farewell Party.”
This honored night has been a very long time coming. Congratulations to one of the most iconic legends and ambassadors of Country music.