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Doc Watson Tribute

  • Track Count 32
  • Total Length 3:14:54
Sample this playlist
  1. 1 Sitting On Top Of The World Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson 02:57
  2. 3 Song Introduction Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson 00:43
  3. 5 Country Blues Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson 03:19
  4. 7 Song Introduction Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson 00:36
  5. 9 Homesick For Heaven Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson 03:32
  6. 11 Sweet Heaven When I Die Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson 04:13
  7. 13 The Train That Carried My Girl From Town Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson 04:01
  8. 15 Daniel Prayed Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson 03:15
  9. 17 Billy In The Lowground Doc Watson Backstage Jam 05:20
  10. 19 Fire On The Mountain Doc Watson Backstage Jam 03:57
  11. 21 Song Introduction Doc Watson and Merle Watson 02:01
  12. 23 Deep River Blues Doc Watson and Merle Watson 03:02
  13. 25 Gambler's Yodel Doc Watson and Merle Watson 02:52
  14. 27 Rising Sun Blues Doc Watson and Merle Watson 03:48
  15. 29 Doc's Talkin' Blues Doc Watson and Merle Watson 04:52
  16. 31 Song Introduction Doc Watson and Merle Watson 00:53
  17. 33 Never On Sunday Doc Watson and Merle Watson 02:02
  18. 35 Song Introduction Doc Watson and Merle Watson 00:27
  19. 37 Southbound Doc Watson and Merle Watson 03:06
  20. 39 Song Introduction Doc Watson and Merle Watson 01:13
  21. 41 Travelin' Man Doc Watson and Merle Watson 03:51
  22. 43 Song Introduction Doc Watson and Merle Watson 00:28
  23. 45 Little Stream of Whiskey Doc Watson and Merle Watson 02:37
  24. 47 Hang Down Your Head Doc Watson and Merle Watson 04:49
  25. 49 Summertime Doc Watson and Merle Watson 03:36
  26. 51 Sweet Georgia Brown Doc Watson and Merle Watson 02:00
  27. 53 Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia Doc Watson and Merle Watson 04:11
  28. 55 Minglewood Blues Doc Watson and Merle Watson 03:44
  29. 57 Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John) Doc Watson and Merle Watson 04:10
  30. 59 Five Foot Two Doc Watson and Merle Watson 02:56
  31. 61 If I Needed You / Band Intros Doc Watson and Merle Watson 03:57
  32. 63 Will The Circle Be Unbroken Doc Watson and Merle Watson 04:59
Playlist Description

Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson has passed away at the age of 89. He was a shining light of Americana, bringing the country ballads, bluegrass and old hymns of his native Appalachia to new generations of listeners. As a guitarist, Watson helped re-define the instrument's role, taking it into the soloing spotlight. He re-interpreted old fiddle and banjo tunes, playing melodies with astonishing speed. He began as a fingerpicker but is best known for his flatpicking, a technique he claimed to have learned by listening to Jimmie Rodgers records. Watson was also an accomplished harmonica player and a strong singer with a rich baritone. This tribute playlist spans nearly 20 years of Watson's career, with a focus on performances at Los Angeles' Ash Grove club, the epicenter of the city's folk revival. We begin with recordings made with Clarence "Tom" Ashley, an appropriate starting point: folklorist Ralph Rinzler first "discovered" Watson while he was playing in Ashley's band. One of the most interesting recordings here is from the 1968 Newport Folk Festival, when Doc led a backstage jam session before the scheduled performances began. The spontaneity of the jam really let him cut loose. There's also a good representation of material from Doc and Merle Watson concerts, including a few Ash Grove shows from 1967 and two sets from New York's Bottom Line in 1977. The latter are a particularly excellent example of Watson's "traditional plus" music, presenting American roots music alongside popular songs, jazz standards, and whatever else tickled his fancy. Throughout this mix we've included hymns and spirituals, which seemed fitting for the occasion. We've also included plenty of Doc's between-song banter in order to showcase his infectiously joyous stage presence. There is a statue of Doc Watson in Boone, NC which, at his own request, is inscribed with the phrase, "Just One Of The People." You can hear in this playlist that Watson certainly stands for all that is 'f