Gene Watson

Back in the Fire

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Gene Watson's music was always traditionalist, so it is no suprise that his 1989 comeback album Back in the Fire fits directly within the new traditionalist movement that began dominate country music at the time of the record's release. What separates Watson from the pack of singers that followed him is how closely he sticks to the roots -- despite a relatively slick contemporary production, the album is straightforward, hard country, highlighted by a clutch of remarkable ballads. What distinguishes Back in the Fire is the first-rate song selection and the exceptional performances from Watson, who continually demonstrates his talent for pure, unaffected country singing.

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