The Essential Doc Watson

The Essential Doc Watson

by Doc WatsonDoc Watson


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The Essential Doc Watson includes 26 tracks of Watson in his most traditional, folksy mode, with his stunning flat-picking guitar technique and warm, unadorned singing in fine form. The album's first half focuses on studio sessions -- some solo, some with accompaniment -- while the second half is taken from Watson's mid-'60s Newport Folk Festival appearances. The performances throughout are top-notch. Watson's flawlessly fluid guitar work is a wonder (most notably on instrumentals like "Beaumont Rag"), and he sounds as at ease singing a cappella ("Down in the Valley to Pray") as he does backed by additional musicians ("The Train That Carried My Girl from Town"). The program includes traditional songs ("Tom Dooley" and "Little Omie Wise"), as well as tunes by Jimmy Rodgers ("I Was a Stranger") and Dock Boggs ("Country Blues"), with Watson bringing each song to life with his incisive, sincere renditions. As a one-stop, economical introduction to this folk legend, The Essential Doc Watson is hard to beat.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707454629
catalogNumber: 45/46
Rank: 49372


  1. Tom Dooley
  2. Alberta
  3. Froggie Went A-Courtin'
  4. Beaumont Rag
  5. St. James Hospital
  6. Muskrat
  7. Down in the Valley to Pray
  8. Blue Railroad Train
  9. Rising Sun Blues
  10. Shady Grove
  11. My Rough and Rowdy Ways
  12. The Train That Carried My Girl from Town
  13. Black Mountain Rag
  14. I Was a Stranger
  15. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
  16. Country Blues
  17. Ground Hog
  18. Little Orphan Girl
  19. Blackberry Blossom
  20. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
  21. Rambling Hobo
  22. Omie Wise
  23. Handsome Molly
  24. White House Blues
  25. I Want to Love Him More
  26. Way Downtown

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doc Watson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Eric Weissberg   Bass
Don Stover   Banjo
Grady Martin   Dobro,Guitar
Clint Howard   Vocals
Shot Jackson   Dobro
Gaither Carlton   Fiddle
Buddy Harman   Drums
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Arnold Watson   Banjo,Vocals
Merle Watson   Guitar
Mrs. General Dixon Watson   Vocals
Fred Price   Fiddle
Russ Savacus   Bass

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Contributor
Doc Watson   Arranger,Adaptation,Guitar Arrangements
Dock Boggs   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Jack Lothrop   Producer
Ralph Rinzler   Producer
Elsie McWilliams   Contributor
Traditional   Composer

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