At Last (1991) Gene Watson, a Houston body-shop worker who traded his blowtorch for a country music career 20 years ago, has always labored under an identity problem:… Gene Watson Country
Music Review

At Last (1991)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Gene Watson; Genre: Country

Gene Watson, a Houston body-shop worker who traded his blowtorch for a country music career 20 years ago, has always labored under an identity problem: He had the bad luck to come along when Moe Bandy — a leading '70s hitmaker — was scoring big with music in a very similar style. Now, on his fourth major label, Watson has decided to change the pace. The title track of At Last is a heavily orchestrated romantic ballad, a sort of once-around-the-cotillion song, the kind that would have been big back in 1959. From there, he tries a variety of fare, from the semiautobiographical ''You Can't Get Arrested in Nashville'' to a jaunty redneck number, ''The Workin' End of a Hoe.'' Watson has an affecting, supple voice, particularly in his upper register, but he's always relied on good songs to see him through. This surprising set serves him well.

Originally posted Apr 19, 1991 Published in issue #62 Apr 19, 1991 Order article reprints