Doc Watson The Doc Watson Family

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CD Details

  • Released: July 12, 1990
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways


  • 1.Ground Hog - (with Doc Watson)
  • 2.Every Day Dirt - (with Doc Watson)
  • 3.Bonaparte's Retreat - (with Doc Watson)
  • 4.House Carpenter, The - (with Doc Watson)
  • 5.I'm Troubled - (with Doc Watson)
  • 6.Your Long Journey - (with Doc Watson)
  • 7.When I Die - (with Doc Watson)
  • 8.That Train That Carried My Girl From Town - (with Doc Watson)
  • 9.Down The Road - (with Doc Watson)
  • 10.Lone Pilgrim, The - (with Doc Watson)
  • 11.Medley - (with Doc Watson)
  • 12.Darling Corey - (with Doc Watson)
  • 13.Triplett Tragedy, The - (with Doc Watson)
  • 14.Muddy Roads - (with Doc Watson)
  • 15.Lost Soul, The - (with Doc Watson)
  • 16.Keep In The Middle Of The Road - (with Doc Watson)
  • 17.Old Man Below, The - (with Doc Watson)
  • 18.Pretty Saro - (with Doc Watson)
  • 19.Cousin Sally Brown - (with Doc Watson)
  • 20.Look Down That Lonesome Road - (with Doc Watson)
  • 21.Doodle Bug - (with Doc Watson)
  • 22.Rambling Hobo - (with Doc Watson)
  • 23.Cuckoo Bird, The - (with Doc Watson)
  • 24.Frosty Morn - (with Doc Watson)
  • 25.Shady Grove - (with Doc Watson)
  • 26.Southbound - (with Doc Watson)

Product Description:

Doc Watson: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mandolin); Gaither Carlton (vocals, fiddle); Rosa Lee Watson, Annie Watson, Sophronie Miller Greer, Dolly Greer (vocals); Merle Watson (guitar, banjo); Ralph Rinzler (guitar); Arnold Watson (banjo, harmonica).
Doc Watson, grandfather of the folk revival movement, has had a profound influence on American traditional music. Not only did he pioneer the playing of fiddle tunes on a flattop guitar, but through his incessant touring has brought traditional music to a larger audience. This Smithsonian Folkways release captures not only Doc Watson, but almost a dozen family members at the height of their power and has been deservingly hailed as a classic recording. Right from the opening track, "Old Groundhog," Watson and family send the listener on an amazing journey into the American musical past and present. Incidentally, their performance of "Old Groundhog" is certainly the equal of Bascom Lamar Lunsford's "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," in terms of surreal country, capturing as it does race relations, commentary on shoe strings, as well directions for catching a groundhog. On "The House Carpenter," a weepy tale of that conflates religious and personal love, a haunting female voice sings almost off-key accompanied only by a fiddle that doubles on the melody. On the instrumental "Bonaparte's Retreat," Watson offers a droning, sea shanty-influenced version of this song staple of Mississippi river communities. Some of the family's best work is found in the spirituals scattered about the album. "When I Die" features a beautiful, uplifting three-part harmony, as does "The Lost Soul," which contains the wickedly abject refrain, "I'm paying now/the penalty." A fabulous record that's a must-listen for any serious fan of American music. ~ Brian Whitener

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  • Sales Rank: 118,457
  • UPC: 093074001226
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