Gene Watson

Paper Rosie

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The title track of Gene Watson's third album, an involved story-song with flutes, steel guitar, and soothing background choral vocals, was a big hit for the singer. It set the mood for an album of low-key, indeed a little sluggish, Nashville country by a singer suited for songs with a resigned tone. He took on "If the Shoe Fits, Wear It" by Ray Griff, author of his mid-'70s hit, "Where Love Begins," and also covered numbers by Marty Robbins ("You Gave Me a Mountain"), Dolly Parton ("Most of All Why"), and Porter Wagoner ("Tennessee Sunshine"), cutting a little loose in a hoedown fashion for the Wagoner tune. A fair if unexceptional record, it was paired with Watson's debut album, 1975's Love in the Hot Afternoon, on a 2002 single-disc CD reissue by Hux.