Watson Country

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Watson Country
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Compilation album by
ReleasedJune 1996
RecordedDec 1980 - Nov 1984
Genre Folk, blues
Length48:13
Label Flying Fish
Producer Mitch Greenhill, Merle Watson
Doc Watson chronology
The Vanguard Years
(1995)
Watson Country
(1996)
Doc & Dawg
(1997)

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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Contents

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".

Reception

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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." [1]

Track listing

  1. "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke" (Merle Travis, Tex Williams) – 2:49
  2. "Along the Road" (Dan Fogelberg) – 2:53
  3. "Sheeps in the Meadow/Stoney Fork" (Traditional) – 2:56
  4. "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues" (Traditional) – 2:55
  5. "California Blues" (Jimmie Rodgers) – 3:22
  6. "Down Yonder" (Traditional) – 2:24
  7. "Any Old Time" (Jimmie Rodgers) – 2:29
  8. "Bye Bye Bluebelle/Smiles" (Travis) – 2:15
  9. "Leaving London" (Tom Paxton) – 2:32
  10. "Red Rocking Chair" (Traditional, Watson) – 2:06
  11. "Black Pine Waltz" (Traditional) – 2:35
  12. "Freight Train Blues" (Traditional) – 2:48
  13. "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" (Jimmie Rodgers) – 3:47
  14. "Jailhouse Blues" (Sleepy John Estes) – 2:52
  15. "Sadie" (T. Michael Coleman, Byron Hill) – 2:31
  16. "Fisher's Hornpipe/Devil's Dream" (Traditional) – 1:45
  17. "Sittin' Here Pickin' the Blues" (Coleman, Watson) – 3:15
  18. "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar" (Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore) – 2:32

Personnel

Herb Pedersen American musician and singer-songwriter

Herbert Joseph "Herb" Pedersen is an American musician, guitarist, banjo player, and singer-songwriter who has played a variety of musical styles over the past forty years including country, bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, folk, folk rock, country rock, and has worked with numerous musicians in many different bands.

Ron Tutt is a drummer who played concerts and recording sessions for a variety of rock artists from Elvis Presley to the Carpenters to Roy Orbison to Jerry Garcia.

Al Perkins is a Texas-born American guitarist known primarily for his steel guitar work. The Gibson guitar company called Perkins "the world's most influential dobro player" and began producing an "Al Perkins Signature" Dobro in 2001—designed and autographed by Perkins.

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References

  1. 1 2 Smith, Jim. "Watson Country > Review". Allmusic . Retrieved July 2, 2011.