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On Friday 10 February 2023 , Gene Watson announced his 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates – the 2023 Celebration Tour.

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‘This calls for a celebration, as renowned vocalist and Grand Ole Opry member, Gene Watson, announces his upcoming tour – 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates – the 2023 Celebration Tour.

The Texas native kicked off his tour on Saturday 14 January 2023 in Huntsville, Texas and will be on the road all the way through Friday 15 December 2023 in Tomball, Texas, where the tour will conclude.

Along the way, he will be making stops in various states, such as South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

You can see the full list of tour dates at gene-watson.com

Gene Watson: 'Outside The Box' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2022)

The tour will showcase Gene Watson’s most recent album, ‘ Outside The Box ‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2022), which was released in September 2022.

The album was ranked number four by Country Music People magazine’s editor, Duncan Warwick, on the ‘Critics Choice List of 2022’, stating Gene Watson is, ‘As good as ever’.

‘ Outside The Box ‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2022) features 12 tracks of Gene  Watson’s signature vocals, with newly recorded songs, as well as re-imagined hits across multiple genres, from Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) to Etta James (Tuesday 25 January 1938 – Friday 20 January 2012).

‘I may not be going around the world in 80 days, but spending my 80th birthday with 80 tour dates and singing to fans across the country is just as exciting to me’ , Gene Watson shared.

Gene Watson’s first single, ‘If It’s That Easy’, was released to radio in 1962 via Sun Valley Records.

Since then, the ‘singer’s singer’ has charted 75 titles, including 23 Top 10 hits, six No.1 country singles and five No.1 gospel records.

Gene Watson continues to perform to sold-out crowds, singing in the same key as he did more than five decades ago, and thrilling fans with his famous octave-jumping ending to ‘Farewell Party’, which was written by Lawton Williams (), night after night.

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GENE WATSON ANNOUNCES80TH BIRTHDAY + 80 TOUR DATES – THE 2023 CELEBRATION TOUR

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This calls for a celebration as renowned vocalist and Grand Ole Opry member Gene Watson announces his upcoming tour - 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates - the 2023 Celebration Tour. The Texas native kicked off his tour on Jan. 14 in Huntsville, Texas and will be on the road all the way through Dec. 15 in Tomball, Texas, where the tour will conclude. Along the way he will be making stops in various states such as South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. See the full list of tour dates below and to purchase tickets click HERE .

The tour will showcase his most recent album Outside the Box , which was released in Sept. 2022. The album was ranked number four by Country Music People magazine's editor on the Critics Choice list of 2022, stating Watson is, “As good as ever.” Outside the Box features 12 tracks of Watson’s signature vocals with newly recorded songs as well as re-imagined hits across multiple genres, from Merle Haggard to Etta James. "I may not be going around the world in 80 days but spending my 80th birthday with 80 tour dates and singing to fans across the country is just as exciting to me," Watson shared.

Watson's first single "If It's That Easy" was released to radio in 1962 via Sun Valley Records. Since then, the 'singer's singer' has charted 75 titles including 23 Top 10 hits, six No. 1 country singles and five No. 1 gospel records. Watson continues to perform to sold-out crowds, singing in the same key as he did more than five decades ago and thrilling fans with his famous octave jumping ending to "Farewell Party" night after night.

GENE WATSON 80TH BIRTHDAY + 80 TOUR DATES: Jan. 14 Old Town Theater - Huntsville, Texas Jan. 19 Leo J. Welder Center PAC - Victoria, Texas Jan. 20 Cactus Theater - Lubbock, Texas Jan. 21 Bosque Arts Center - Clifton, Texas Feb. 10 Newberry Opera House - Newberry, S.C. Feb. 11 Jettie Baker Center - Clintwood, Va. Feb. 24 Orange Blossom Opry - Weirsdale, Fla. Feb. 25 Florida Classic Music Fest - Brooksville, Fla. Feb. 26 Orange Blossom Opry - Weirsdale, Fla. March 2 Brauntex Theater - New Braunfels, Texas March 3 The Post OG - Orange Grove, Texas March 10 Arlington Music Hall - Arlington, Texas March 11 The Pines Theatre - Lufkin, Texas March 17 Rome City Auditorium - Rome, Ga. March 18 Walhalla Civic Auditorium - Walhalla, S.C. March 24 Heart of Texas Country Music - Brady, Texas March 31 Texan Theater - Cleveland, Texas April 1 Texan Theater - Cleveland, Texas April 7 Main Street Crossing - Tomball, Texas April 15 Coyote Country Store - Gail, Texas April 22 Woodward Theatre at Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum - Owensboro, Ky. April 29 Williams Auditorium - Henderson, TN May 5 Little Roy & Lizzy Festival - Lincolnton, Ga. May 12 The Roundup - Boerne, Texas May 13 Neon Moon - Yantis, Texas July 14 Historic State Theatre - Elizabethtown, Ky. July 16 American Music Theatre - Lancaster, Pa. Aug. 11 Main Street Crossing - Tomball, Texas Aug. 18 Reidsville Showcase Theatre - Reidsville, N.C. Aug. 19 Liberty Showcase Theatre - Liberty, N.C. Aug. 26 The Lincoln Theatre - Marion, Va. Sep. 16 American Made Festival - Hiawassee, Ga. Sep. 22 Mansion Theatre - Branson, Mo. Oct. 3 Larry’s Country Diner - Branson, Mo. Oct. 5 Blue Gate PAC - Shipshewana, Ind. Oct. 13 Kentucky Opry - Benton, Ky. Oct. 14 Kentucky Opry - Benton, Ky. Oct. 21 Mansion Theatre - Branson, Mo. Oct. 28 Homochitto River Festival - Meadville, Miss. Nov. 4 Old Town Theater - Huntsville, Texas Nov. 10 Wichita Union Stockyards - Wichita, Kan. Nov. 11 Mansion, Theatre - Branson, Mo. Dec. 2 Southern Junction - Rockwall, Texas Dec. 15 Main Street Crossing - Tomball, Texas About Gene Watson : From his chart-topping soulful gospel albums to his No. 1 country standards, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Gene Watson. As a newly inducted member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2020, Watson has been thrilling audiences for 60 years. This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas, known as “The Singer’s Singer,” has more than 75 charted titles, 23 Top 10 hits, six No. 1 country singles and five No. 1 gospel hits. Watson is also a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Houston, Texas Music Hall of Fame. Fans are still transfixed whenever Watson performs classics like “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” or “Love in the Hot Afternoon.” A road warrior and considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation, Watson offers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business. For more information, visit GeneWatsonMusic.com .

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Country music legend Gene Watson returns home for concert July 13

Country music legend, Grand Ole Opry star, and member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, Gene Watson is returning to his hometown on July 13, performing at the Love Civic Center.

In his 62nd year in the music business, Watson is currently on his “All the Hits and More 2024 Tour.”

Watson will be performing many of his timeless hits like “Love in the Hot Afternoon”, “Paper Rosie”, “Farewell Party”, “Fourteen Carat Mind”, “No Reason for Going Home”, “Memories to Burn”, and many more at the July 13 concert.

Tickets are $30 for general admission. To purchase tickets, click here 

The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Love Civic Center, 2025 South Collegiate Drive in Paris.

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Now in his seventy-second year, there’s no real question that Gene Watson is one of the most enduring figures of recent times in terms of his impact on the genre of country. He’s notched up twenty-three different top ten singles over the course of his career to date, but what really defines him these days are his live performances, which continue to thrill fans across the United States thanks to his prodigious touring schedule. Watson’s sets run through his entire back catalogue, with his signature track ‘Farewell Party’ getting an extended airing. He generally tends to lean towards the slower numbers in his repertoire, although that’s not to say that there’s no vitality to them; they’re brought to life especially impressively by the live ensemble that he’s put together, with drums, slide guitar and harmonica amongst the plethora of instrumentation backing him up. Watson rarely tours outside of his native U.S., but continues to show little sign of slowing down in his homeland, having released his latest album, My Heroes Have Always Been Country, earlier this year.

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AMAZING!!!!!!!!! We saw 2 shows in Branson in Oct and 3 shows end of Nov first of Dec. Gene never fails to entertain and give his all to the performances. And of course the Farewell Part Band r wonderfully talented and funny. We will see him in Florida in March for 2 shows. God bless u all. Thank u for the years Gene and band.

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Gene’s concerts are awesome!! His voice and music are awesome. Band is great also. What a performance he furnished for the fans. But the best part is autograph time. He always signs autographs and poses for a picture with you. Woohoo!!!

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Seen you in Edmonton Alberta Canada was the best birthday present from my sister. Please come back to Canada missing youawesome voice. Your friends always from Fort McMurray Alberta Canada.

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Saw Gene in Hope , Arkansas . What a show and what a great entertainer . Visited with him after the show and took pictures with him . Would love to see him again .

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ConcertFix is thrilled to present the legendary Gene Watson, a mainstay of classic country music, renowned for his masterful vocal performances. Watson's career spans over six decades, with a string of top 10 hits and several gold records, making him one of the most respected artists in the genre. His timeless hits like "Farewell Party," "Love in the Hot Afternoon," and "Fourteen Carat Mind" continue to resonate with fans old and new. Watson's enduring appeal lies in his authentic, emotive storytelling, and his commitment to traditional country music. His concerts are a nostalgic journey through the best of country music, with his rich, soulful voice still as captivating as it was in his early career. Experience the magic of Gene Watson live and join us in celebrating this living legend. Keep an eye on ConcertFix for the latest updates on Gene Watson's concert dates and ticket information.

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Gene Watson arrived on the music scene with the release of the album 'At Last' released on February 5, 1991. The song 'At Last' quickly became a success and made Gene Watson one of the newest emerging artists at that moment. Later on, Gene Watson released the hugely beloved album 'Greatest Hits' which features some of the most famous music from the Gene Watson catalog. 'Greatest Hits' hosts the song 'Got No Reason For Goin' Home' which has been the most requested for fans to see during the performances. Besides 'Got No Reason For Goin' Home' , many of other songs from 'Greatest Hits' have also become sought-after as a result. A handful of Gene Watson's most beloved tour albums and songs are displayed below. After 25 years since the release of 'At Last' and having a true impact in the business, music lovers consistently head to watch Gene Watson appear live to perform favorites from the complete collection.

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Gene Watson is an American country music singer best known for his 1975 hit song, Love in the Hot Afternoon. Among his hit songs include Fourteen Carat Mind and Farewell Party. Watson started his music career in the 1960s by performing in local nightclubs. During the day, he worked in a Houston auto body shop. He got a strong local audience with his stage act and released his première single on Sun Valley Records.

In 1964, the Grand Ole Opry duo, The Wilburn Brothers took Watson on the road briefly. It was The Wilburn Brothers who took Gene to Nashville for the very first time and left him to sing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Gene sang and received a standing ovation.

Afterward, they took him to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop got on stage, and broadcast on The Midnight Jamboree. Then it was back to the Texas honky-tonks and a string of local singles during the ‘60s. Moreover, one of Watson’s small-label singles reached the ear of Capitol Records in 1974. Gene achieved mainstream success when Capitol Records picked up Love in The Hot Afternoon.

Watson scored the “Entertainer of the Year” Award from the R.O.P.E. Awards  In 2018. It was an honor he shared with Jeannie Seely. In addition, that was the first time in the history of the Awards that there was a tie in any category.

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How old is Gene Watson? Gene is 80 years old as of October 2023. He was born Gary Gene Watson on October 11, 1943, in Palestine, Texas, in the United States of America. In addition, Watson celebrates his birthday on October 11th every year.

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Watson stands at a height of 1.83m and weighs 67 kg .

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Is Gene married? Yes, Watson got married to Mattie Louise Bivins in January 1961. At that time, Gene was 17 and his wife Mattie was 15 years old. In addition, they have been blessed with a son and daughter .

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Watson has an estimated  net worth  of  $8 million . His income is mainly attributed to his career as a country music singer. His  annual salary  is not yet known to us. However, we will update this information as soon as it’s available.

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  • Paper Rosie
  • Love in the Hot Afternoon
  • Where Love Begins
  • Pick the Wildwood Flower
  • I Don’t Need a Thing at All
  • Memories to Burn
  • This Dream’s On Me
  • Back in the Fire
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  • What She Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Her
  • Old Loves Never Die
  • Speak Softly
  • Because You Believed in Me
  • Change Her Mind
  • The Jukebox Played Along
  • Nothing Sure Looked Good on You
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Spend an evening in Branson, MO with Gene Watson Live in Branson at the Mansion Theatre and hear the signature sounds of 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' and more. Tickets to see this singer are limited so do not miss out!

Enjoy the top hits of this country music star as he brings his smooth vocals to the Branson stage. After 52 years of experience in the music industry, Watson's voice has never sounded better and his honest and sincere lyrics ring truer than ever. At this show, you'll have a firsthand and up-close experience with many of his well known top hits including, 'Fourteen Carat Mind,' 'Farewell Party,' 'If It Was That Easy' and so many more as he takes to the stage with an engaging stage presence that can only come from half a century of show business.

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This performer grew up moving from place to place as his father picked up logging and crop-picking jobs. He eventually dropped out of school in the ninth grade to work with his parents in the fields. As a kid, he sang and played acoustic guitar in church, for school functions, and at local events. In the early 60s, he settled in Houston, Texas, and developed a strong local following. He recorded his first single at the age of 19 and has admitted to not having any idea of what he was doing. He had been playing in nightclubs and figured it might be a good idea to record a song. He recorded for a few small labels until Capitol Records picked up his album 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' in 1974. It was released nationwide and climbed to number three on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart. His newfound success continued throughout the 70s and 80s and his signature song 'Farewell Party' was an instant hit in 1979. He just celebrated 50 years in the music industry as of 2012 and he is actively touring and performing nationwide. Check out the Gene Watson Tour schedule and book your tickets! 

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Gene Watson's tally of No. 1 hits, 23 Top 10 Hits, and more than 75 charted titles makes him one of the finest pure country singers. He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and the inaugural class of the Houston Music Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2020, he was invited by Vince Gill to join the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most prolific honors.

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Gene Watson Schedule Live in Branson is hosted at the Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts, a venue that is known for bringing some of the best Branson entertainment to the Ozarks. At each Branson concert held here, visitors will be able to delight in tons of genres as famous artists and musicians take the stage. From tribute shows to limited engagement concert performances, the Mansion Theatre takes pride in its lineup. Just a few of the artists who have performed here include the Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin, and the Gatlin Brothers, and Bellamy Brothers. From southern gospel music to bluegrass and classic country, the Mansion is sure to delight each Branson audience!

Get tickets as the Gene Watson tour schedule brings him to tour in Branson and embark upon a musical journey through classic country music. This delightful show brings the best of Ozarks entertainment alongside the gospel music and country sounds of Gene Watson. Be sure to check out other classic Branson entertainment , from tribute shows to dinner productions like the famous Dolly Parton's Stampede. you can complete your getaway with a hotel or cabin in the area. gene watson tour dates

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Gene Watson Announces 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates – The 2023 Celebration Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – This calls for a celebration as renowned vocalist and Grand Ole Opry member Gene Watson announces his upcoming tour – 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates – the 2023 Celebration Tour. The Texas native kicked off his tour on Jan. 14 in Huntsville, Texas and will be on the road all the way through Dec. 15 in Tomball, Texas, where the tour will conclude. Along the way he will be making stops in various states such as South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. See the full list of tour dates below and to purchase tickets click HERE .

The tour will showcase his most recent album  Outside the Box , which was released in Sept. 2022. The album was ranked number four by Country Music People magazine’s editor on the Critics Choice list of 2022, stating Watson is, “As good as ever.” Outside the Box features 12 tracks of Watson’s signature vocals with newly recorded songs as well as re-imagined hits across multiple genres, from Merle Haggard to Etta James.

“I may not be going around the world in 80 days but spending my 80 th  birthday with 80 tour dates and singing to fans across the country is just as exciting to me,” Watson shared.

Watson’s first single “If It’s That Easy” was released to radio in 1962 via Sun Valley Records. Since then, the ‘singer’s singer’ has charted 75 titles including 23 Top 10 hits, six No. 1 country singles and five No. 1 gospel records. Watson continues to perform to sold-out crowds, singing in the same key as he did more than five decades ago and thrilling fans with his famous octave jumping ending to “Farewell Party” night after night.

GENE WATSON 80TH BIRTHDAY + 80 TOUR DATES: Jan. 14 Old Town Theater – Huntsville, Texas Jan. 19 Leo J. Welder Center PAC – Victoria, Texas Jan. 20 Cactus Theater – Lubbock, Texas Jan. 21 Bosque Arts Center – Clifton, Texas Feb. 10 Newberry Opera House – Newberry, S.C. Feb. 11 Jettie Baker Center – Clintwood, Va. Feb. 24 Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, Fla. Feb. 25 Florida Classic Music Fest – Brooksville, Fla. Feb. 26 Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, Fla. March 2 Brauntex Theater – New Braunfels, Texas March 3 The Post OG – Orange Grove, Texas March 10 Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, Texas March 11 The Pines Theatre – Lufkin, Texas March 17 Rome City Auditorium – Rome, Ga. March 18 Walhalla Civic Auditorium – Walhalla, S.C. March 24 Heart of Texas Country Music – Brady, Texas March 31 Texan Theater – Cleveland, Texas April 1 Texan Theater – Cleveland, Texas April 7 Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas April 15 Coyote Country Store – Gail, Texas April 22 Woodward Theatre at Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum – Owensboro, Ky. April 29 Williams Auditorium – Henderson, TN May 5 Little Roy & Lizzy Festival – Lincolnton, Ga. May 12 The Roundup – Boerne, Texas May 13 Neon Moon – Yantis, Texas July 14 Historic State Theatre – Elizabethtown, Ky. July 16 American Music Theatre – Lancaster, Pa. Aug. 11 Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas Aug. 18 Reidsville Showcase Theatre – Reidsville, N.C. Aug. 19 Liberty Showcase Theatre – Liberty, N.C. Aug. 26 The Lincoln Theatre – Marion, Va. Sep. 16 American Made Festival – Hiawassee, Ga. Sep. 22 Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo. Oct. 3 Larry’s Country Diner – Branson, Mo. Oct. 5 Blue Gate PAC – Shipshewana, Ind. Oct. 13 Kentucky Opry – Benton, Ky. Oct. 14 Kentucky Opry – Benton, Ky. Oct. 21 Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo. Oct. 28 Homochitto River Festival – Meadville, Miss. Nov. 4 Old Town Theater – Huntsville, Texas Nov. 10 Wichita Union Stockyards – Wichita, Kan. Nov. 11 Mansion, Theatre – Branson, Mo. Dec. 2 Southern Junction – Rockwall, Texas Dec. 15 Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas

About Gene Watson : From his chart-topping soulful gospel albums to his No. 1 country standards, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Gene Watson. As a newly inducted member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2020, Watson has been thrilling audiences for 60 years. This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas, known as “The Singer’s Singer,” has more than 75 charted titles, 23 Top 10 hits, six No. 1 country singles and five No. 1 gospel hits. Watson is also a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Houston, Texas Music Hall of Fame. Fans are still transfixed whenever Watson performs classics like “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” or “Love in the Hot Afternoon.” A road warrior and considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation, Watson offers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business. For more information, visit GeneWatsonMusic.com .

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2022 marks 60 years since country music legend  Gene Watson  released his first single to radio. To celebrate, the iconic vocalist is embarking on his  60th Anniversary Tour , which kicked off January 1 in Florida and will take Watson across the country. Watson’s single “If It’s That Easy” was released to radio in 1962 via Sun Valley Records. Since then, the ‘singer’s singer’ has charted 75 titles including 23 Top 10 hits, six No. 1 country singles, and five No. 1 gospel records. The Texas native continues to perform to sold-out crowds, singing in the same key as he did more than five decades ago and thrilling fans with his famous octave jumping ending to “Farewell Party” night after night. See the full list of tour dates below and to purchase tickets click HERE .

“My first single, ‘If It’s That Easy,’ released in 1962 on Sun Valley Records. 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. 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,” shared Watson.

Additionally, Watson has been in the studio working on his new project due out in 2022.

GENE WATSON TOUR DATES: Jan. 15 Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium – Sweetwater, Texas Jan. 21 Palace Theatre – Corsicana, Texas Jan. 22 Cotton Country Club – Granger, Texas Jan. 23 Dosey Doe – The Woodlands, Texas Feb. 5 Rodgers Theatre – Poplar Bluff, Mo. Feb. 12 The Stagecoach Ballroom – Fort Worth, Texas Feb. 17 Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas March 4 Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, Va. March 5 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn. March 11 Strawberry Festival – Plant City, Fla. March 12 Dublin Theatre – Dublin, Ga. March 13 Historic Ritz Theatre – Toccoa, Ga. March 17 Rio Grande Livestock Show – Mercedes, Texas March 18 Heart of Texas Festival – Brady, Texas March 19 2920 Roadhouse Bar & Grill – Hockley, Texas March 25 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn. March 26 The Palace Theatre – Crossville, Tenn. March 31 Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, Texas April 2 Bare Bones BBQ – Gatesville, Texas April 9 Jackson Live Events Center – Seymour, Ind. April 23 McMinnville Park Theater – McMinnville, Tenn. April 24 Nathan Stanley Festival – Micanopy, Fla. April 29 The Little Roy & Lizzie Festival at The Lewis Family Homeplace – Lincolnton, Ga. April 30 The Walhalla Performing Arts Center – Walhalla, S.C. May 7 Sisseton Performing Arts Center – Sisseton S.D. May 14 Mo’s Place – Katy, Texas May 21 Southern Junction – Rockwall, Texas June 17 Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas June 18 Honky Tonk Texas – Silsbee, Texas July 1 Beebe City Park – Beebe, Ark. July 7 Bluegate Performing Arts Center – Shipshewana, Ind. July 16 Alto Country Club – Alto, N.M. Aug. 12 Jettie Baker Center – Clintwood, Va. Aug. 13 Old Dominion Barn Dance – Hopewell, Va. Aug. 14 Old Dominion Barn Dance – Hopewell, Va. Aug. 19 Reidsville Showcase Theater – Reidsville, N.C. Aug. 20 Liberty Showcase Theatre – Liberty, N.C. Sept. 30 Capitol Arts Theatre – Bowling Green, Ky. Oct. 1 Marion Cultural & Civic Center – Marion, Ill. Oct. 3 Clay Cooper Theater – Branson, Mo. Oct. 7 Dailey & Vincent Festival – Gainesboro, Tenn. Oct. 12 Georgia Mountain Fair – Hiawassee, Ga. Oct. 14 Kentucky Opry – Benton, Ky. Oct. 15 Kentucky Opry – Benton, Ky. Oct. 22 The Mansion – Branson, Mo. Oct. 29 Coyote Country Store – Gail, Texas Nov. 11 The Mansion – Branson, Mo. Nov. 12 Windstone Entertainment Center – Jefferson City, Mo. Nov. 18 Country Tonite Theatre – Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Dec. 2 Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas

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Nine things to know: Royal Troon

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Golf’s oldest major is returning this week to a treasured venue for its 152nd edition. This marks The Open Championship’s 10th time visiting Royal Troon, and it comes 101 years after the tournament was first played there. World Golf Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Tom Weiskopf are among the champions at Royal Troon, which is best known for the tiny, but treacherous, Postage Stamp par 3.

Before The Open gets underway, here are nine things you need to know about the course.

1. The Ayrshire Coast

Royal Troon is situated on Scotland’s west coast, on the far side of Glasgow. While not as well known as Scotland’s East Lothian, this region still offers some of the game’s richest links.

Troon is located along the sandy, windswept coast of the Firth of Clyde, a large bay framed by Northern Ireland to the south and the Kintyre Peninsula to the north that opens up to the North Atlantic. Royal Troon is at the midpoint of a 21-mile stretch of shorefront dunes land that includes such wonderful layouts as Prestwick, St. Nicholas, Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, Gailes Links, Irvine GC and West Kilbride.

2. Its evolution

Royal Troon is now a 45-hole private club that abuts an active commuter train line on its eastern flank. It occupies the crumpled, sandy dunes land between the shoreline and what used to be farmland, and its ninth green is only 600 yards from the main runway at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

A look at the first hole at Royal Troon. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

A look at the first hole at Royal Troon. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

Royal Troon has evolved from an initial six-hole layout designed in 1878 by Old Tom Morris protégé Charlie Hunter. Six years later, it was expanded to 18 holes by club professional George Strath. A major refinement came in 1910 at the hands of 1883 Open Champion Willie Fernie, whose work created the current routing and what quickly became two of the course’s most famous holes, the Postage Stamp par-3 eighth, and the par-4 11th hole known as “Railway” because of its proximity to the rail line, which forms an uncomfortably-close boundary. Royal Troon’s Old Course derived much of its more demanding bunkering and playing character in 1922 through an extensive renovation by five-time Open Champion and (future) World Golf Hall of Famer James Braid. That came a year before Troon hosted its first Open, which saw England’s Arthur Havers upset defending champion Walter Hagen by one shot.

The club’s other 18-hole layout, the Portland Course, circulates inland, to the east and south, and owes its present routing to a fresh 1921 design by Alister MacKenzie, another World Golf Hall of Famer. The club also has a nine-hole, par-3 layout called Craigend. Troon’s main clubhouse, aligned immediately behind the 18th hole of the Old Course on a perpendicular axis, is a classic stone Victorian structure designed in 1888 by Glasgow-based building architect Henry Edward Clifford. The club received its “royal” designation as part of its centenary celebration in 1978.

3. Three in one

The Old Course at Royal Troon offers a variety of experiences in a single round.

It’s best to get ahead early at Royal Troon, then simply hang on for dear life. The first six holes play downwind over crumpled terrain, and the opening trio consists of three short par 4s all under 400 yards.

Two of the next three holes are par 5s that play downwind, usually reachable in two despite measuring 599 yards and 623 yards, respectively.

The next six holes, by contrast, amble through sand dunes and steeper terrain at the far end of the golf course. The start of the back nine presents two of the hardest long par- s in championship golf, thanks to narrow fairways, a prevailing headwind from the left and out-of-bounds close in on the right. Things don’t get much easier for the final six holes, a brutal finish that continues the trek into the breeze. The par-3 17th measures more than 240 yards, with players hitting long irons (or more) to a tabletop green. The finishing hole, which measures nearly 460 yards, features a heavily bunkered fairway.

The five par 4s on the front nine have an average length of 393 yards; on the back nine, the six par 4s average 472 yards – a 79-yard gap that’s exacerbated by the fact that many of them play into the wind.

“From the 10th tee onwards, it's a long way home,” said Colin Montgomerie, a longtime Royal Troon member.

4. A new look

British golf designer Martin Ebert has been Royal Troon’s consulting architect for more than two decades. It's a role he holds at several other Open rota courses, including Turnberry, Royal Portrush, Carnoustie, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Royal St. George’s, Royal Birkdale and Royal Liverpool.

For this year’s Open Championship, Ebert’s edits included a half-dozen back tees that added 201 yards to the course. The three par 5s have all been lengthened. The course has been lengthened 2.8% since it last hosted The Open eight years ago, which corresponds exactly to the additional 2.8% of distance the average PGA TOUR player has gained in that span.

Some modest bunkering was added to the landing areas on several holes, as well. Along the way, the club’s nine-hole, par-3 course, Craigend, was dramatically redesigned. It also was moved to find higher, drier ground and provide target greens for the temporary practice range for The Open.

Royal Troon spectator infrastructure has also been expanded to accommodate an expected 250,000 spectators for the week – as many as 45,000-50,000 per day during the championship rounds. The viewing stands feature 13,300 seats, the largest of which will overlook the 18th fairway. That grandstand will hold more than 4,000 people.

Course superintendent Billy McLachan will have his full crew of 38 at the ready, supplemented by a dozen other staff and volunteers from the R&A and other clubs.

5. Postage Stamp

Royal Troon’s shortest hole also is its most famous.

The par-3 eighth is only 123 yards long, the shortest of any hole in The Open rota. From a platform tee above sandy broken ground, golfers target a tiny green that’s just 2,500 square feet.

A look at the eighth hole at Royal Troon, originally known as ‘Ailsa’ in tribute to the rock out to sea. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

A look at the eighth hole at Royal Troon, originally known as ‘Ailsa’ in tribute to the rock out to sea. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

The small pedestal of a putting surface is framed by five intensely deep bunkers and steep slopes of short grass that repel mishits. The hole heads due west, with the prevailing wind coming in from the player’s right. It is usually the first shot of the day that a player is hitting into the wind, and the short approach requires him to control both his distance and trajectory. On a calm day, the hole requires nothing more than a wedge. The wind can necessitate a mid-iron, however.

“You're playing downwind for seven holes then you have to turn around and hit off this elevated tee to this green that looks like the size of this table into the wind,” said Justin Leonard, who won the 1997 Open at Royal Troon.

Gene Sarazen was 71 years old when he aced the hole in the 1973 Open Championship (he holed a bunker shot for birdie the following day, playing the hole in three strokes for the two rounds he played that week).

“For many years, the Postage Stamp hole had haunted me,” Sarazen once told the Palm Beach Post. “When the clubhead came into contact with the ball, I had the same feeling when I had my double-eagle (at Augusta National) in 1935. When the crowd roared I realized that the ball was in the hole. I knew there was no better way to close the books on my tournament play.”

Herman Tissies made a 15 on the hole in 1950, needing 12 strokes to get out of a greenside bunker.

No. 8 even derailed Tiger Woods in his first Open as a professional. He was making a serious final-round charge after a Saturday 64 vaulted him into contention, but he overshot the green and made a triple bogey.

The short hole played slightly over par in 2016, with the field averaging 3.1 strokes. Despite not having any water, it played slightly more difficult than TPC Sawgrass’ island-green 17th that year (3.09 to 3.02).

"When the wind is rollicking in from the sea, as it so often is, this is scarcely a hole for the chap whose nerves are fidgety,” George Trevor wrote in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle back in 1923. It still holds true today.

While the Postage Stamp can befuddle players in more subtle ways, Royal Troon’s 11th hole hits them with a show of brute strength.

The 490-yard par 4 plays even longer because of the prevailing wind, and thick gorse and out-of-bounds wait on each side of the fairway to deliver a harsh penalty. This hole, nicknamed “Railway,” is among the most difficult at any Open venue.

A look at the fourth hole at Royal Troon, the first of three par five holes. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

A look at the fourth hole at Royal Troon, the first of three par five holes. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

Stretched to its limit with a back tee hard against the eastern boundary wall that separates the golf course from the train tracks, the hole heads straight northwest into the teeth of the wind.

At the tee shot landing zone some 300 yards away, the fairway starts to narrow down from 35 yards to 28. The out-of-bounds stakes along the rail line are just 20 yards from the fairway’s right side.

The tracks are even tighter to the right side of the green, but players who shy away from them must contend with a deep pot bunker that guards the green’s front-left corner. The slightest imprecision in ball striking is grievously punished, such as in the first round of The Open in 1962 at Troon, when defending U.S. Open champion Jack Nicklaus took a 10 here on his way to an 80.

The hole played to a 4.6 scoring average in 2016, making it the hardest hole on the PGA TOUR that year.

7. A long history

Troon has been quite the stage through nine Open Championships. The first one in 1923, saw Englishman Arthur Havers prevail over defending champion Hagen by a single stroke. Hagen went on to win the 1924 Open Championship, and then two more (1928, ’29).

Perhaps the biggest surprise of that first Open at Royal Troon, however, was the fact that 1922 U.S. Open champion Gene Sarazen failed in final qualifying to make the championship at all; in those days, having just won a major did not spare you from having to play your way into the championship just like everybody else.

South Africa’s Bobby Locke won his second consecutive Open Championship in 1950 at Royal Troon, winning what would become the second of four claret jugs he claimed in his remarkable career. With his flat cap, plus-fours, hickory shafted putter, and at times painfully slow play, he was a powerful presence on the course. His win at Troon came during a streak from 1947 through 1950 that saw him win 11 times in 59 appearances on the PGA TOUR.

When The Open returned to Royal Troon 12 years later, fans saw another Hall of Famer successfully defend his title. Arnold Palmer won the 1962 Open a year after claiming the claret Jug at Royal Birkdale. Massive crowds cheered Palmer as he dominated Troon with a winning total of 12 under par, six shots better than runner-up Kel Nagle. (Palmer lost to Nagle by a shot two years earlier at St. Andrews, halting Palmer’s bid for the Grand Slam after he won that year’s Masters and U.S. Open).

Having convinced fellow American pros to join him in playing the event, Palmer’s presence gave a powerful boost to the championship and to the whole business of British golf in general.

Tom Weiskopf’s win in the 1973 Open Championship at Troon came in the middle of a torrid nine-week stretch that saw him win five times – at Colonial, Charlotte, Memphis, The Open and the RBC Canadian Open. It was the lone major championship for Weiskopf, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this year.

Nobody carried the weight of more expectations into the Open Championship in 1982 than a young Bobby Clampett. And after rounds of 67-66 (11 under par), he held a five-shot lead going into the third round. It appeared those high hopes for the 22-year-old would be validated. But rounds of 78-77 on the weekend brought him tumbling back to earth. Clampett was never the same, and Tom Watson won to continue his incredible record in The Open. By successfully defending the next year, Watson completed a remarkable nine-year stretch that saw him win five Open Championships.

8. Recent opens

Mark Calcavecchia added another chapter to Greg Norman’s major letdowns by beating him in a four-hole aggregate playoff in 1989 (Australia’s Wayne Grady, who’d go on to win the 1990 PGA, also was in the playoff). Calcavecchia holed a 50-foot par putt on the 11th hole, then birdied 18 to join the playoff.

Norman shot a course-record 64 in the final round, which looked like it would be enough to overcome a seven-shot deficit to Grady, the 54-hole leader. Not even two birdies by Norman on the playoff’s opening two holes could secure a win, in large measure due to a disastrous final hole (the 18th) that saw him pick up without finishing after finding two bunkers and hitting his third shot out-of-bounds into the clubhouse area.

Justin Leonard was one of the game’s young stars when he won the 1997 Open Championship at 25 years old. He won the U.S. Amateur, NCAA Championship and had two wins apiece in the Western and Southern amateurs during his decorated amateur career. He won twice on the PGA TOUR before arriving at Royal Troon, as well.

A final round 65 closed a five-shot deficit behind Sweden’s Jesper Parnevik, who ended up in second place, three shots back, with Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke.

Todd Hamilton was still glowing in the aura of his first PGA TOUR win at The Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches earlier that season when he came to Royal Troon in 2004 for the Open Championship. He consistently recovered greenside with pars by chipping with a hybrid 3-wood and won a four-hole aggregate playoff with South Africa’s Ernie Els.

The Open Championship in 2016 saw Royal Troon stage an epic final round, final pairing showdown between Phil Mickelson and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. Shot for shot, birdie for birdie, they parried each other’s shot making down the stretch, with Stenson’s 63 besting Mickelson’s 65 and tying the record for lowest-ever major score. That left Stenson at a major championship record 20-under par, one better than Mickelson and an amazing 14 shots better than third-place finisher J.B. Holmes.

9. What to watch for

Watching on TV at home, the impact of an Open Championship played on a true links course can be very strong, if at times controversial. The grass is browned out, the bounces wild and seemingly unfair at times, the wind is always a major factor, and the natural setting becomes part of the charm and the mystique of a round rather than a simple frame or background. These are all takeaways that could enhance one’s appreciation of golf at one’s home course considerably.

Golf aesthetics are a tricky thing. For those accustomed to a lush green landscaped lawn, Royal Troon will take some getting used to. But as Martin Ebert says, Royal Troon “has a special quality to it, due as much to the strength of its holes as to its natural setting.”

Small wonder the club carefully metes out its guest tee times. A round here is a treasured component of any Scottish golf journey.

Royal Troon Golf Club – Old Course

Bradley S. Klein is a veteran golf writer and author of 10 books on course design. A former PGA TOUR caddie, he was architecture editor of Golfweek for over two decades and is now a freelance journalist and course design consultant. Follow Bradley S. Klein on Twitter .

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  21. Gene Watson

    Gene Watson, September 2016, Ruidoso, New Mexico, OnstageMagazineGroup Gary Gene Watson (born October 11, 1943) is an American country music singer. He is most famous for his 1975 hit "Love in the Hot Afternoon," his 1981 No. 1 hit "Fourteen Carat Mind," and his signature 1979 song "Farewell Party."Watson's long career has included five number one hits, 21 top tens, and 48 charted singles.

  22. Gene Watson 80th Birthday/ 80 Dates Celebration Tour Tee

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  23. Gene Watson Announces 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates

    This calls for a celebration as renowned vocalist and Grand Ole Opry member Gene Watson announces his upcoming tour - 80th Birthday + 80 Tour Dates - the 2023 Celebration Tour. The Texas native kicked off his tour on Jan. 14 in Huntsville, Texas and will be on the road all the way through Dec. 15 in Tomball, Texas, where the tour will conclude. Along the way he will be making stops in various ...

  24. Gene Watson Tickets & Tour Dates 2024-2025

    Gene Watson 2024 and 2025 concert tickets are on sale now starting at just $41. TicketSales.com provides one of the largest selections of country and folk concert tickets, and Gene Watson tickets are especially popular. Though we have great availability, Gene Watson tickets are expected to sell quickly.

  25. Gene Watson Embarks on 60th Anniversary Tour

    2022 marks 60 years since country music legend Gene Watson released his first single to radio.To celebrate, the iconic vocalist is embarking on his 60th Anniversary Tour, which kicked off January 1 in Florida and will take Watson across the country.Watson's single "If It's That Easy" was released to radio in 1962 via Sun Valley Records.

  26. Will History Help in Picking a Winner at Troon?

    Gene Sarazen predicted that Tom Watson would win the 1982 Open Championship at Troon, partly because the small greens of the Seaside course are similar in size to Pebble Beach's.

  27. Nine things to know: Royal Troon

    Gene Sarazen was 71 years old when he aced the hole in the 1973 Open Championship (he holed a bunker shot for birdie the following day, playing the hole in three strokes for the two rounds he ...