The Definitive Doc Watson

The Definitive Doc Watson

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Arthel "Doc" Watson was nearly 40 years old and had been playing guitar and banjo most of his life when he was discovered as part of the folk music revival of the early '60s; Watson was a remarkably gifted instrumentalist who had a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of traditional folk and country songs, and he became a cornerstone artist on the folk music scene, as he recorded and toured regularly until his death in 2012. A massive influence on such pickers as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and Clarence White, Watson left behind a massive body of work, and The Definitive Doc Watson is a two-disc set that brings together highlights from his recordings for Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records. While this means that a large portion of Watson's catalog is left unrepresented, Vanguard and Sugar Hill happen to be two of the labels with which Watson had the longest and most fruitful relationship, so this gives the set a broader focus than one might imagine. And while this set is a bit short of truly being "definitive" -- it would take a cross-licensed box set to truly fit that description -- there's plenty of great music here, and these 34 tracks show off Watson's warm, rich, unaffected vocals, superlative flat-picked guitar, and impressive banjo work to excellent advantage. A collection of essential songs performed by a master of the form, The Definitive Doc Watson is a fine introduction to a giant of American folk music, and a strong if somewhat limited sampler of his recording career.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2013
Label: Welk Records
UPC: 0015891409726
catalogNumber: 140972
Rank: 82173


Disc 1

  1. The Cyclone of Rye Cove
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. The House Carpenter
  4. The Wagoner's Lad
  5. Anniversary Blue Yodel (Blue Yodel #7)
  6. Sitting On Top of the World
  7. Black Mountain Rag
  8. Country Blues
  9. Weary Blues
  10. Little Sadie
  11. Dream of the Miner's Child
  12. Southbound
  13. Tennessee Stud
  14. Blue Railroad Train
  15. Georgie
  16. Katie Morey
  17. Matty Groves

Disc 2

  1. Whistlin' Rufus/Ragtime Annie
  2. Big Spike Hammer
  3. Listening To the Rain
  4. Willie Moore
  5. My Rough and Rowdy Ways
  6. The Wreck of the Number Nine
  7. Omie Wise
  8. Shady Grove
  9. Watson's Blues
  10. Slidin' Delta
  11. Bright Sunny South
  12. Greenville Trestle High
  13. I'm Going Back To the Old Home
  14. George Gudger's Overalls
  15. The Ninety and Nine
  16. Your Lone Journey
  17. Whiskey Before Breakfast

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doc Watson   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Dan Crary   Guitar
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin
Eric Weissberg   Bass
T. Michael Coleman   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocal Harmony
Buddy Davis   Bass
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Banjo
John Herald   Guitar
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Alan O'Bryant   Vocal Harmony
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Merle Watson   Banjo,Guitar
Roy Huskey   Bass
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Junior Huskey   Bass
Jack Lawrence   Guitar
Russ Savukus   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Dock Boggs   Arranger
Jimmie Driftwood   Composer
Gaither Carlton   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Pete Goble   Composer
Bobby Osborne   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Merle Watson   Composer
Rosa Lee Watson   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Elsie McWilliams   Composer
Lonnie Carter   Composer
Stewart Yonce   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Fred Jasper   Liner Notes
Dwight Greer   Composer
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Carrie Smith   Cover Illustration
Lawrence A. Hammond   Composer
Carson J. Robison   Composer
John S. Hurt   Composer
Ira Sankey   Composer
Arthel Lane Watson   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy Jett   Composer
Elizabeth C. Celphane   Composer
Donald E.J. Devanney   Composer
Derek Halsey   Liner Notes
Daniel R. Crary   Arranger

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