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Gene Watson Joins Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic Lineup

Country legend Gene Watson is extending his North American tour with additional dates, including a performance next Wednesday, July 4 at Willie Nelson's 4th of JulyPicnic at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. CLICK HERE for tickets. 

Watson joins Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Billy Joe Shaver and many more for the star-studded cavalcade of Willie Nelson's friends.

“I’ve always admired Willie for his unique style and his formidable talent as a songwriter.  As a fellow Texan, I feel like it’s a homecoming to perform at his 4th of July Picnic. We just added that date and several more, so we’re looking forward to seeing everyone out on the road this summer and fall,” Gene Watson shared. 

Watson recently celebrated another No. 1 off his critically acclaimed Christian album My Gospel Roots which continues captivating fans with, "Old Roman Soldier." The single ascended to the top spot on the Cashbox Country Christian and Christian Servant Charts earlier this summer.

GENE WATSON ON TOUR: July 04 Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic - Austin, Texas July 07 Grand Casino - Shawnee, Okla. July 14 First Council Casino - Newkirk, Okla. July 26 Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center - Midland, Texas Aug. 03 Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University - Cape Girardeau, Mo. Aug. 04 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tenn. Aug. 18 Downtown at T&P Trailhead Park - New Boston, Texas Aug. 25 Stagecoach Ballroom - Fort Worth, Texas Aug. 31 Bluegate Theater - Shipshewana, Ind. Sept. 01 Bluegate Theater - Shipshewana, Ind. Sept. 08 Mainstreet Crossing - Tomball, Texas Sept. 15 Midwest Country Music Theater - Sandstone, Minn. Sept. 16 Midwest Country Music Theater - Sandstone, Minn.   Sept. 19 Liberty Hall - Tyler, Texas Sept. 20 Starlite Theatre - Branson, Mo. Sept. 21 Kentucky Opry - Benton, Ky. Sept. 22 Kentucky Opry - Benton, Ky. Sept. 27 Red River Valley Fair & Expo - Paris, Texas Oct. 04 The Starlite Theatre, Branson, Mo. Oct. 05 The Starlite Theatre, Branson, Mo Oct. 06 Come and Take It Celebration - Gonzales, Texas Oct. 11 Mill Town Music Hall - Bremen, Ga. Oct. 12 Newberry Opera House - Newberry, S.C. Oct. 13 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Oct. 20 The Coyote Store - Gail, Texas Oct. 25 Anderson Civic Center - Anderson, S.C. Oct. 26 Palace Theatre - Crossville, Tenn. Oct. 27 Liberty Showcase - Liberty N.C. Nov. 02 Texas Opry Theatre - Weatherford, Texas Nov. 08 The Starlite Theatre - Branson, Mo. Nov. 09 The Starlite Theatre - Branson, Mo. Nov. 10 Irving Arts Center - Irving, Texas Nov. 11 Dosey Doe “The Big Barn” - The Woodlands, Texas Nov. 16 Country Tonite Theatre - Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Dec. 08 Coleman Theatre - Miami, Okla. Jan. 27 - Feb 02 RFD Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Feb. 08 Main Street Crossing, Tomball, Texas Feb. 16 The New Granbury Live - Granbury, Texas Feb. 23 Star Pavilion at Ameristar Casino - Kansas City, Mo. March 01 Sumter Opera House - Sumter, S.C. March 02 Orange Blossom Opry - Weirsdale, Fla. March 03 Orange Blossom Opry - Weirsdale, Fla. March 06 Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, Fla. March 08 Walhalla Performing Arts Center - Walhalla, S.C. March 30 Windstone Entertainment Center - Jefferson City, Mo. May 10 The Waco Hippodrome Theatre - Waco, Texas

Over the years, Watson has proved he is one of the greatest traditional country artists of his generation, and he is defiantly proud to release a Gospel album that stands out in the wave of today’s popular music. Watson dedicated his new album in memory of his parents, Ted and Thelma Watson, who he credits for raising him in the church and sharing their love for Gospel music. The 13-track record brings the pure, organic country sound that Watson is famous for to gospel songs that he grew up with.

Despite a busy few months in the studio, Watson, who is often known as “The Singer’s Singer,” shows no sign of slowing down his touring schedule. Fans can expect to hear his powerhouse vocals on classics like “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party” and “Fourteen Carat Mind,” alongside Watson’s gospel renditions on the road in 2018.

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ABOUT GENE WATSON: This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. Gene Watson’s tally of 75 charted titles, 23 Top 10 hits and six No. 1 records has led to membership in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Houston, TX Music Hall of Fame. Radio listeners are still transfixed whenever classics like “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” or “Love in the Hot Afternoon” are played. Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation and known as “The Singer’s Singer”, Watson offers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business. In 2016, Watson released his 33rd studio album Real.Country.Music. which charted on Billboard's Top Country Albums. 


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