Doc Watson- Rare Performances 1963-1981


Doc Watson- Rare Performances 1963-1981

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Item #Vestapol 13023

This collection of rarely seen video performances illustrates the power and range of Doc's talents and the evolution of his performance style. His music ranges from flatpicking guitar instrumentals, a harmonica solo, a cappella gospel singing, frailing banjo to fingerstyle guitar and warm vocals. The tapestry of sounds Doc wove during his first two decades performing outside North Carolina -- the Big Picture -- unfolds in these enduringly and inspiring performances.

Titles include: Deep River Blues, Nine Pound Hammer, Daniel Prayed, St. James Hospital, Shady Grove, Black Mountain Rag, Stack O' Lee Blues, Tom Dooley, Southbound, Way Downtown, Lonesome Road, Medley: Nancy Roland/Salt Creek, I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground, Sweet Georgia Brown, Peach Pickin' Time Down In Georgia, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Raincrow Bill, Tennessee Stud, Medley: Big Sandy/Bill Cheatham, A Roving On A Winters Night and Black Mountain Rag.

Running Time: 60 minutes

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Review: Those wishing to see, as well as hear, Doc Watson's guitar wizardry have a number of video choices, ranging from instructional tapes to performances with his late son Merle, to recent solo shows. These two Rare Performances Vestapol videos take a historical approach to Watson's career. The first video covers his early years until the rather arbitrary cutoff point of 1981. The earliest footage is very entertaining, particularly the rough, black-and-white clip of Watson's tuxedo-clad appearance on the "Hootenanny" TV Show. A 1967 trio performance from the Seattle Folklore Society finds Watson as part of a folk trio also including fiddler Fred Price and guitarist Clint Howard. One of their two tunes, "Daniel rayed," is an a capella vocal trio.Watson appears solo on a clip from Pete Seeger's "Rainbow Quest" show.

The remainder of the video documents most of Watson's long performing history with his son Merle, including pieces from a 1970 Los Angeles show, "Austin City Limits" in 1978, and the Cambridge folk festival in 1981. – Dirty Linen

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