Biff Watson

Biff Watson
Birth nameFletcher Bangs Watson V
Born1952
Virginia
GenresRock music, country music
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1971–present
Associated actsDon Williams
Websitebiffbangs.com

Fletcher Bangs "Biff" Watson is an American guitarist, songwriter, and producer. His musicianship has been a part of recording sessions for many artists.[1]

Biography[]

Early years[]

Raised in Chatham, Virginia,[2] Watson learned how to play guitar at age 11. Upon graduation from high school, he hitchhiked to Nashville where he played on demos and showcases, and backing up touring artists Crystal Gayle,[3] Tracy Nelson, and Don Williams.[4]

Recording session work and production[]

Watson focused on session work for producers such as Emory Gordy Jr.[5] and Garth Fundis, and eventually branched out into record production.[6]

Watson has worked with artists such as Dusty Springfield,[7] George Strait,[8] Dolly Parton,[9] Toby Keith,[10] Sara Evans,[11] and Shania Twain.[12]

Collaborations[]

Don Williams' backing band "The Scratch Band" included Watson, Danny Flowers, Dave Pomeroy, and Pat McInerney.[13] They released one album, The Scratch Band Featuring Danny Flowers.[14]

Watson was an original member of the band Tennessee Pulleybone along with Big Ken Smith, Jerry Tuttle, and John Wolters. The band recorded several singles for JMI Records in Jack Clements' studio.[15]

Watson was a member of the band Tone Patrol, with Pomeroy, Kenny Malone, Larry Chaney, and Sam Bacco.[16][17]

Watson has frequently been a member and leader of the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony Band. Other members have included John Hobbs, Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, Brent Mason, Michael Rhodes, Deanie Richardson, Tania Hancheroff, and Wes Hightower.[18]

Other[]

Watson serves on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association.[19]

Watson is a Trustee of Local 257 Nashville Chapter of the American Federation of Musicians.

Watson serves on the Advisory Board of The American Music Channel, and is a partner in Trifectone Music Group, which writes, produces and performs the music for Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 Countdown.

Discography[]

With Crystal Gayle[]

With Don Williams[]

With The Scratch Band[]

Also appears on[]

  Go to:    1986 - 1989   |   1990 - 1992   |   1993 - 1995   |   1996 - 1998   |   1999 - 2001   |   2002 - 2004   |   2005 - 2011   |   2012 - present  

1986 - 1989[]

1990 - 1992[]

1993 - 1995[]

1996 - 1998[]

1999 - 2001[]

2002 - 2004[]

2005 - 2011[]

2012 - present[]

Bibliography[]

References[]

  1. ^ Mayor, Alan (November 18, 2014). The Nashville Family Album: A Country Music Scrapbook. ISBN 9781466885677. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Writers, Artists, and Craftspeople". Town of Chatham. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  3. ^ staff (June 17, 1978). "Crystal Gayle: 'a shining lady'". The Morning News. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Phil Sweetland (March 1, 2002). "Biff Watson: Perfect Acoustics". CMA Close Up. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Patty Loveless readies new CD". Country Standard Time. July 10, 2008. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Biff Watson's 5 "T"s for studio work". July 29, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Howes, Paul (2001). The Complete Dusty Springfield. ISBN 9781903111246. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "George Strait Album: "One Step at a Time"". Best Country Singers. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Cardwell, Nancy (July 22, 2011). The Words and Music of Dolly Parton: Getting to Know Country's "Iron Butterfly". ISBN 9780313378041. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  10. ^ Bishop, Rand (2010). The Absolute Essentials of Songwriting Success: From Song Dog to Top Dog : Making it in the Music Business. ISBN 9780739071915. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  11. ^ Woodstra, Chris; John Bush; Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2008). "biff+watson"+producer Contemporary Country. ISBN 9780879309183. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Eggar, Robin (June 15, 2010). Shania Twain: The Biography. ISBN 9781451604542. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  13. ^ Tuber, Keith (July 1, 1982). "The Gentle Giant of Country: Don Williams". Orange Coast Magazine. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  14. ^ Ty Campbell (November 1, 2015). "Dave Pomeroy, No Limits". Bass Musician. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  15. ^ Anne Freeman (December 15, 2002). "The Tennessee Pulleybone: A Forgotten Piece of Country Music History". Music Dish. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  16. ^ Artimisi, Tony (2015). Rhythm Makers: The Drumming Legends of Nashville in Their Own Words. ISBN 9781442240117. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  17. ^ staff (February 28, 1988). "Concerts". The Tennessea. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  18. ^ Edward Morris (April 28, 2008). "Emmylou Harris, Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman Enter Country Music Hall of Fame". CNT News. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  19. ^ "Board of Directors". Country Music Association. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  20. ^ Chas Williams. "The Nashville Number System". Retrieved October 23, 2017.

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