Gene Watson

Gene Watson

“Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “Love in the Hot Afternoon” are just a few of the popular classic country music hits crooned by Gene Watson for more than 50 years.

For those who fondly remember scootin’ around the dance floor to his “powerful voice and multi-octave range” and those who have yet to hear the legend from Houston perform in person, Schroeder Hall is the place to be Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m., John Wayne Schulz will open the show at 8 p.m. and Watson takes the stage at 9:30 p.m.

Watson sings “some of the most challenging songs with ease that comes from pure, natural talent as well from his many years performing onstage,” according to his website. The Texas Music Hall of Fame inducted him in 2002 and the Houston, Texas Music Hall of Fame inducted him into its inaugural class of 2013.

“I think a lot of it is because there’s not too much of what I do around anymore,” said Watson on his website about being in high demand after all these years. “ I think there is still a hunger out there for traditional country music ... 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.”

All ages are welcome.

Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate. 

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