|Compilation album by|
|Recorded||Dec 1980 - Nov 1984|
|Producer||Mitch Greenhill, Merle Watson|
|Doc Watson chronology|
Watson Country is the title of a recording by American folk music and country blues artists Doc Watson and Merle Watson, released in 1996.
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This collection is taken from the albums Watson recorded for Flying Fish between 1980-1984. It contains two previously unreleased tracks: "Bye Bye Bluebelle/Smiles" and "Leaving London".
Writing for Allmusic, music critic Rick Anderson wrote of the album "It has the smooth Nashville production characteristic of his albums of the time, but that's not really a flaw — even if it takes some of the leather out of his playing, having a full backing band extends his appeal beyond the hillbilly curtain, and to many ears, that's a good thing... Doc recorded many albums in this style, but for newcomers this is a nice sampler of his middle years."
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Will the Circle be Unbroken is the seventh album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with collaboration from many famous bluegrass and country-western players, including Roy Acuff, "Mother" Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Merle Travis, Pete "Oswald" Kirby, Norman Blake, Jimmy Martin, and others. It also introduced fiddler Vassar Clements to a wider audience.
The Bluegrass Sessions is the sixty-first studio album by American country music singer and songwriter Merle Haggard. This album was released on October 2, 2007 on the McCoury Music and Hag Records.
Blue Country Heart is a Jorma Kaukonen studio album released in June, 2002. It was his first album on a major label since 1980's Barbeque King. Kaukonen didn't write any new compositions for the album, and instead played mostly country-blues cover songs.The album features performances by Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Byron House and Bela Fleck, and was nominated for a Grammy award in 2003 for "Best Traditional Folk Album."
The Elementary Doctor Watson! is the title of a studio album by the American country music artists Doc Watson and Merle Watson, released in 1972.
Southbound is the second studio album by American folk music artist Doc Watson, released in 1966.
Doc and Merle Watson's Guitar Album is the title of a recording by American folk music artist Doc Watson and Merle Watson, first released in 1983.
Memories is the title of a studio album by American country music artist Doc Watson, released in 1975. It was originally released as a double-LP by United Artists Records. It peaked at No. 47 on Billboard Country Albums charts and No. 193 on the Pop Album charts.
Red Rocking Chair is an album by Doc and Merle Watson, released in 1981 on the Flying Fish label.
Pickin' the Blues is the title of a recording by American folk music artists Doc Watson and Merle Watson, released in 1985. In 2006, it was re-issued on a limited edition, 180 gram all-analog virgin vinyl record from Analogue Productions.
Portrait is the title of a recording by American folk music artist Doc Watson, released in 1987.
My Dear Old Southern Home is the title of a recording by American folk music artist Doc Watson, released in 1991.
Doc & Dawg is a 1997 recording by the American folk music artist Doc Watson and mandolinist David Grisman.
The Best of Doc Watson: 1964–1968 is the title of a recording by American folk music and country blues artist Doc Watson, released in 1999. It contains tracks from Watson's early years on the Vanguard label plus four previously unreleased tracks.
The Vanguard Years is the title of a recording by American folk music and country blues artist Doc Watson, released in 1995.
The Essential Doc Watson is the title of a recording by Doc Watson, released in 1973. It was originally released as a double-LP.
Trouble in Mind: The Doc Watson Country Blues Collection is the title of a recording by American folk music and country blues artist Doc Watson, released in 2003. It contains recordings by Watson in the country blues style.
Black Mountain Rag is the title of a recording by American folk music and country blues artists Doc Watson and Merle Watson, released in 2006. It contains songs taken from albums that Doc and Merle recorded on the Flying Fish label in the 1980s.
Americana Master Series: Best of the Sugar Hill Years is the title of a recording by American folk music and country blues artist Doc Watson, released in 2008.
Sittin' Here Pickin' the Blues is the title of a recording by American folk music and country blues artists Doc Watson and Merle Watson, released in 2004. It contains songs taken from albums that Doc and Merle recorded on the Flying Fish label in the 1980s. It contains all the songs from Pickin' the Blues, three from Doc and Merle Watson's Guitar Album, three from Red Rocking Chair and a live version of "Deep River Blues".
Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III is the 2002 album from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. This album reached 18 on the US Country chart. Earlier albums in the series include Will the Circle Be Unbroken and Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume II.