July 27, 2009 — Trace Adkins recently joined one of traditional country's smoothest voices, Gene Watson, in the studio to record a new song called "We've Got a Pulse."
"This song is an answer to the huge hit 'Murder on Music Row'," Gene tells AOL's The Boot. "It was written by Jerry Salley and Billy Yates, and in one word I'd say the song is 'defiance.' There's not a better song out there that states how I feel about country music."
The lyrics of "We've Got a Pulse" state that country is alive and well and will continue to live — and with Trace and Gene at the mic, there's no doubt about it.
Gene tells AOL the collaboration with his friend Trace came about naturally . "The song is even more special because Trace recorded with me," he says. "I've been a longtime admirer of him, both as a person and a vocalist, and it is a huge honor that he recorded the duet with me."
"We've Got a Pulse" is the first single from Gene's upcoming album, 'A Taste of the Truth,' which will be out August 25 on Shanachie Records. "This is a unique album for me because we stepped out a bit to include some more modern instrumentation but still keeping my style," says Gene, who topped the charts in 1981 with the song "Fourteen Carat Mind." "We've got plenty of fiddle and steel but some beautiful orchestration on one song and some contemporary songs by today's hottest writers."