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Classic Rewind: Doc Watson – ‘Tennessee Stud’

8 responses to “Classic Rewind: Doc Watson – ‘Tennessee Stud’

  1. pwdennis July 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    The number of teeth in the mouth of a chicken exceeds the number of bad recordings Doc Watson has made – another classic from a truly unsung giant in the world of music

  2. luckyoldsun July 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Truly unsung??
    True, I don’t think he’s ever been on “American Idol,” but the man has won 7 Grammy Awards and been given the National Medal of Arts by the President of the United States in a public ceremony.

    • Ken Johnson July 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Most Grammy Awards are presented in private ceremonies except for the major pop stars that deliver huge mass audiences for the televised broadcasts. The National Medal of Arts though highly prestigious is also not very well publicized to the masses either.

      Sadly I must agree with Paul’s comment. The majority of the American public and most of today’s “country” fans have absolutely no idea who Doc Watson is.

  3. Leeann July 7, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I know the name, but I’m not familiar with Doc Watson’s music, but I’m listening to clips now and I think I might be hooked.

    • Paul W Dennis July 9, 2011 at 2:20 am

      It’s not hard to get hooked on Doc Watson – there are some excellent performances by Doc on the NGDB ‘CIRCLE’ albums. Doc has made many recordings over the years, alone and in conjunction with other artist such as Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Wiseman and even Bootsy Collins. Even Doc’s worst recordings are good – how many artists can you say that about ?

      • Leeann July 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

        Paul, I’ve gathered four Doc Watsons albums so far since this post. They’ve all been good. What is your favorite?

        • Paul W Dennis July 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

          Where to start ?

          I guess the two worst albums are GOOD DEAL ! (DOC WATSON IN NASHVILLE) and DOCABILLY and they are both quite good albums.

          GOOD DEAL finds Doc surrounded by ace Nashville session men – not quite his most comfortable setting. DOCABILLY finds Doc (with guests Marty Stuart, Junior Brown and Duane Eddy) tacking a bunch of 1950s pop (not necessarily rock-a-billy) hits. I’d give each of the these albums a “B” – that’s as bad as it ever gets with Doc Watson.

          The Vanguard album THE ESSENTIAL DOC WATSON is the place to start, a nice sampling of the Vanguard years. I think SOUTHBOUND is my favorite Doc Watson album from the Vanguard years. There is a nice 4 CD Vanguard set THE VANGUARD YEARS that gives you 64 well selected recordings

          Doc recorded a number of albums with his son Merle – they are all recommended – Sugar Hill has a nice two-fer of Doc & Merle THEN AND NOW / TWO DAYS IN HOUSTON that features some additional pickers like Norman Blake and Vassar Clements. Another Sugar Hill album MY DEAR OLD SOUTHERN HOME has a really nice recording of songs from the 1930 and prior including a marvelous recording of “My Grandfather’s Clock”.

          Doc recently has been recording with grandson Richard Watson – those albums are good, too. If you can find it Flatt & Scruggs with Doc Watson STRICTLY INSTRUMENTAL is a nice album in which Doc steals the show from Lester and Earl, no easy task.

          The Ernest Tubb Record Shop and Collectors Choice Music have a bunch of Doc Watson albums listed (ET classified Doc as “bluegrass”, which he isn’t, but he is a kindred spirit

  4. Leeann July 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I currently Have:
    My Dear Old Country Home
    South Bound
    Home Again
    Riding the Midnight Train

    Thanks for the other suggestions.

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