Gene Watson is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his first single “If It’s That Easy” by hitting the road for his “60th Anniversary Tour.”
The Texas native’s six-decade long career has seen much success, including charting 75 titles that span 23 top 10 hits, six No. 1 country singles and five No. 1 gospel records.
“My first single, ‘If It’s That Easy,’ released in 1962 on Sun Valley Records,” says Watson. “I wasn’t ever signed to a company called Sun Valley Records, Sun Valley was just the name of the street the drummer lived on.
Watson continues, “I’d never heard myself on the radio before, so I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard it the first time on a local Houston radio station. I had only heard my voice in playback on speakers, never on an AM radio station so it was fun to hear that. Of course, I’m never quite satisfied with most of my recordings. I always hear something I think I could do better and I felt that I could have done better – but it was my very first and so for that reason, it will always be special to me.”
His national tour kicked off on Jan. 1 in Florida. He will play three shows at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House during the run, including one on March 5 and two on March 25. Watson was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in 2020.
Watson is also currently working on a new studio project, which will be released 2022.