David Millsap Interview in Gene Watson Fan Club Newsletter
Recently our very own David Millsap of Paris Live Open Mic was included in the Gene Watson Fan Club News Letter in an interview about his endeavor to have the street that runs through the Red River Valley Fairgrounds to be named “Gene Watson Blvd.”. Here is the interview in the June-July issue submitted by their staff.
Spotlight on David Millsap:
Where do you live?
I call Paris, Texas my home. I live in a small community just outside of Paris called Deport, Texas.
What was your first job? What is your current occupation?
At 14 I took my first job in radio at KKBI in Broken Bow, Ok. I worked weekends running the board. My parents always support me so they would drive me the 50+ miles every week-end so I could do what I loved. Currently I’m the Operations Manager for a family amusement center in Paris, and co-host a weekly internet radio show called Paris Live Open Mic, www.parislive.org.
What are your Top 5 favorite Gene Watson songs?
WOW! That would be hard to do… I would have to say that my top 5 would be: “A Good Place to Turn Around”, “I Catch Myself”, “You Can’t Take Me with You When You Go”, “Between This Time & The Next Time”, and “Bottle of Tears”.
Do you have a favorite Gene Watson album that you tend to play most often?
Right now in my CD player I have the “Best of the Best”, but Gene recorded 2 albums on Warner Bros… “At Last”, and “Back in the Fire” those 2 albums would be my favorite albums…. If you can get your hands on those 2, I would highly recommend them!
What inspired you to start the process to get a street in Paris named for Gene Watson?
Doing something to honor Gene has been an idea I have had forever. Once I realized that he would be celebrating 50 years in country music this year, I thought it’s now or never. My co-host Robbie Gunn is also a journalist for InParisTexas.com, and I shared with him my idea of honoring Gene in his hometown, but what could we do? So I came up with naming a street after him… When I first contacted the City of Paris, I was shot down saying that it would be too costly to change people’s addresses, signs, etc.! So I went back to the drawing board and then it hit me… Gene plays the Red River Valley Fair every year, so why not name the street that runs through the fairgrounds? I contacted the City Manager’s office with that idea. After not hearing anything back, my friend Robbie Gunn & InParisTexas.com ran a story on me trying to get the street name. That story was published and in a matter of weeks it had been shared hundreds of times, and I started getting A LOT of positive feed-back from his fans all over the world! During the process the City hired a new City Manager John Godwin. So I approached him and his office, and before I knew it, he had added it to the agenda on the next City Council meeting. That whole day I was sick to my stomach with butterflies! Once Robbie & I attended the meeting and it passed without any problems it was like winning the lottery! How one guy could make such a change! After the meeting I met with the City Manager and I was asked to present the sign to Gene when he comes home to perform on Sept. 25th! Godwin said we’ll make a big thing about it, and show Gene how proud we are of him and his amazing accomplishments in country music! I hope all of his fans can make it down to Paris for this event! It’s going to be a fun time for all of us!
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