- Released: April 20, 1999
- Label: Sugarhill
Dirty Linen - 8-9/99, p.72
"...nicely recorded, well performed, and there seems to be a musical chemistry between the players."
- 1.Honey Please Don't Go
- 2.If I Were a Carpenter
- 3.House of the Rising Sun
- 4.Gypsy Davey
- 5.St. James Infirmary
- 6.Uncloudy Day
- 7.South Coast
- 8.Milk Cow Blues
- 9.Train Whistle Blues
- 10.Moody River
- 11.Columbus Stockade Blues
- 12.Walk on Boy
- 14.Precious Lord Take My Hand
Personnel: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Richard Watson (guitar); T. Michael Coleman (bass).
Recorded at The Loft, Boone, North Carolina and in Falls Church, Virginia.
THIRD GENERATION BLUES was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Personnel: Don Watson (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Richard Watson (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Bill Wolf .
Recording information: Falls Church, VA; The Loft, Boone, NC.
Photographer: Rosa Lee Watson.
Many of bluegrass legend Doc Watson's best-loved recordings were made with his guitar-playing son Merle, who died at a tragically young age. On THIRD GENERATION BLUES Merle's son Richard takes up the baton, and the result is an album that recalls Doc and Merle's glory days. Doc's calmly intense vocals are as effective as ever. Time may have snuck his voice a bit lower in register, but that only adds to its often-chilling resonance.
One of the most interesting aspects of this album is that, while it digs deeps into the folk traditions of American music, it doesn't contain many actual bluegrass songs. From the blues chestnut "Honey Please Don't Go" (more commonly known as "Baby Please Don't Go") to "House of the Rising Sun" and Tim Hardin's folk-rock ballad "If I Were A Carpenter," Doc and Richard weave disparate musical strands into an appealing garment that bears an authentic bluegrass veneer.