- Released: September 15, 1998
- Label: Sugarhill
- 1.John Henry
- 2.Girl in the Blue Velvet Band
- 3.Lonesome Banjo
- 4.Listening to the Rain
- 5.Russian Grass
- 6.Worried Blues
- 7.Train That Carried My Girl From Town
- 8.Old Joe Clark
- 9.Down the Road
- 10.Big Spike Hammer
- 11.Reuben's Train
- 12.Little Maggie
- 13.I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home
- 14.Home Sweet Home
Personnel: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar); Merle Watson (banjo); Marty Stuart (mandolin); Sam Bush (fiddle, mandolin); T. Michael Coleman (bass); Alan O'Bryant (background vocals).
Engineers: Rosa Lee Watson, Merle Watson, Kermit Watson, Paul Van Dyke.
Recorded in Deep Gap, North Carolina in 1967 and Nashville, Tennessee in 1998. Includes liner notes by T. Michael Coleman and Rosa Lee Watson.
HOME SWEET HOME was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.
"Reuben's Train" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.
Personnel: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar); Alan O'Bryant (vocals); Merle Watson (banjo); Sam Bush (mandolin, fiddle); Marty Stuart (mandolin).
Liner Note Author: T. Michael Coleman.
Recording information: Deep Gap, NC (12/1967-??/1998); Nashville, TN (12/1967-??/1998).
Photographer: Rosa Lee.
Arranger: Doc Watson.
A father/son team treatment of traditional roots bluegrass (as the liner notes have it, young Merle made this recording five months after he received and learned to play his first banjo), these source tracks were originally recorded in 1967. Exhumed after over thirty years and remixed with additional musicians (bass, fiddle, mandolin and harmony vocals), HOME SWEET HOME sounds crisp, flawless and unified-- as though it were recorded by a group that had been playing together for years.
The duo gives folk standards like "John Henry," "Worried Blues," and "Little Maggie" spirited, true-blue workouts with plenty of fine picking-- particularly from neophyte Merle, who kicks up heels in his own instrumental composition "Russian Grass." The contemporary musicians turn in fine performances as well, and the engineers of this project have done an outstanding job honoring the pure, homespun aesthetic of the source tapes. There is something irresistible about the appeal of bluegrass, and the treated recordings of Doc and Merle make HOME SWEET HOME sound at once fresh and authentic.