Country music legend to perform in Poteau

Country music legend Gene Watson will perform at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau on Nov. 2.Doors will be open to the public at 6:00 pm with concert starting at 7:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit Heavener Runestone Park to help keep it open and free for the public.Tickets available at the Poteau and Heavener chambers of commerce, Days Inn and Suites, Best Western and Runestone Park Gift Shop. They may be purchased online at or by calling (800) 965-9324. Prices are $30 premiere and $20 general admission. Tickets at the gate will be $35 and $25 respectively.“We have been very lucky to engage Gene for this concert," said Runestone President Mike Kennerson. “This year marks the golden anniversary of one of our greatest living country vocalists. In 1962, Gene began his professional career by recording his first single.”In 1974, one of Watson’s small-label singles caught the ear of Capitol Records. He was an auto-body repairman and the featured performer at Houston’s Dynasty nightclub when the label picked up the steamy, sexual waltz, “Love in the Hot Afternoon” for national distribution. In 1975, It became the first of Watson’s two-dozen top 10 hits. He was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2002.In honor of the Houston Press Music Awards’ 25th anniversary, the Houston Press created the Houston Music Hall of Fame. Houston-based Watson, was among the first inducted at the ceremony held Aug. 6.Although approaching 70 years old, Watson is more popular than ever and remains a major draw on the tour circuit. He sings in the same key he did 30 years ago and remains a staunchly classic country traditionalist. His pure vocal tone and ability to hit octave jumping notes have earned him the insider’s nickname as “the singer’s singer.”Watson has re-recorded his classic 1970s and '80s hits in a 25-song collection titled The Best of the Best. He has been cited as an idol by such performers as Joe Nichols, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and Randy Travis.For information on call (918) 653-2241 or check on facebook at  or