Doc Watson Docabilly
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item number: WR9Q
- Released: April 18, 1995
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Sugarhill
Sing Out! - 8-10/95, p.132"...The songs included are an almost equal mix of country and rock tunes dating primarily from the '50s, and Watson uses them to turn in some of his best vocal performances in years..."
- 1.Shake, Rattle and Roll
- 2.Walking After Midnight
- 3.Heartbreak Hotel
- 4.My Special Angel
- 5.That's Why I Love You Like I Do
- 6.What Am I Living For
- 7.Bird Dog
- 8.Little Things Mean a Lot
- 9.Train of Love
- 10.Thunder Road / Sugarfoot Rag
- 11.Love Is a Lonely Street
- 12.Singing the Blues
Personnel: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar); Jack Lawrence (guitar); Roy Huskey, Jr. (acoustic bass); T. Michael Coleman (electric bass); Pat McInerney (drums); Moondi Klein, Alan O'Bryant (background vocals).
Recorded at Champagne Studios, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by T. Michael Coleman.
"Thunder Road/Sugarfoot Rag" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.
While Doc Watson made his reputation as an acoustic guitarist and bluegrass flat picker, the album title Docabilly correctly implies there's another kind of music here. Helped by some hotshot players, including Marty Stuart and Duane Eddy, this album delivers some joyous, rollicking rockabilly, mixing early rock & roll classics with some country comforts. Although his singing strains a bit on the slow numbers, this American treasure comes through in grand style on the upbeat tunes. "That's Why I Love You Like I Do," "Heartbreak Hotel," and "Shake, Rattle & Roll" are particularly good. ~ Mark Allan