Doc Watson Doc Watson in Nashville: Good Deal!
Uncut: 3 stars out of 5 - "[Watson] rips through a dizzying array of tunes on 12-string and banjo..."
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- Released: September 17, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Vanguard Records
Uncut - p.1083 stars out of 5 - "[Watson] rips through a dizzying array of tunes on 12-string and banjo..."
- 1.Alabama Jubilee
- 2.Streamline Cannonball
- 3.Peach Picking Time In Georgia
- 4.June Apple
- 5.I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
- 6.Memphis Blues
- 7.The Train That Carried My Girl From Town
- 8.Old Camp Meeting Time
- 9.Bye Bye Blues
- 10.Shady Grove
- 11.Blackberry Rag
- 12.The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band
- 14.Step It Up & Go
Personnel: Doc Watson (vocals, 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars, banjo);
Grady Martin (guitar, dobro); Merle Watson (guitar); Don Stover (banjo); Shot Jackson (dobro); Tommy Jackson, Buddy Spicher (fiddle); Floyd Cramer (piano);
Junior Huskey (bass); Buddy Harman (drums).
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in March 1968.
Personnel: Doc Watson (12-string guitar, banjo); Grady Martin (guitar, dobro); Merle Watson (guitar); Don Stover (banjo); Floyd Cramer (piano); Buddy Harman (drums).
The early and mid-1960s were good for Doc Watson in folk circles, but by the end of the decade, the folk boom was fading, and he gravitated back toward country audiences (even Joan Baez was cutting records in Nashville). This pleasant but unexceptional album was one result. Watson does genially sung, beautifully played covers of songs by Roy Acuff ("Streamline Cannonball"), Jimmie Rodgers ("Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia"), A.P. Carter ("I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes"), and even Blind Boy Fuller ("Step It Up and Go"), scattered among a handful of original and traditional numbers. The playing is more impressive than the arrangements, which have that trademark Nashville smoothness, bolstered by Merle Watson and Grady Martin on guitars, Tommy Jackson and Buddy Spicher on fiddles (they get a workout on "June Apple"), Floyd Cramer at the piano, and Buddy Harman on the drums. ~ Bruce Eder