DOC & MERLE WATSON - SQUAW VALLEY 1976

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DOC & MERLE WATSON
Squaw Valley 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Squaw Valley, CA; October 27, 1976 (late show). Excellent soundboard. A Rob Berger transfer.

In the Doc Watson obituary in The New York Times, William Grimes wrote:

Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists, died on Tuesday [May 29, 2012] in Winston-Salem, NC. He was 89. Mr. Watson, who had been blind since he was a baby, died in a hospital after recently undergoing abdominal surgery, The Associated Press quoted a hospital spokesman as saying…

Mr. Watson, who came to national attention during the folk music revival of the early 1960s, injected a note of authenticity into a movement awash in protest songs and bland renditions of traditional tunes. In a sweetly resonant, slightly husky baritone, he sang old hymns, ballads and country blues he had learned growing up in the northwestern corner of North Carolina, which has produced fiddlers, banjo pickers and folk singers for generations.

His mountain music came as a revelation to the folk audience, as did his virtuoso guitar playing. Unlike most country and bluegrass musicians, who thought of the guitar as a secondary instrument for providing rhythmic backup, Mr. Watson executed the kind of flashy, rapid-fire melodies normally played by a fiddle or a banjo. His style influenced a generation of young musicians learning to play the guitar as folk music achieved national popularity.

The wikipedia added: “Watson’s flatpicking skills and knowledge of traditional American music are highly regarded. He performed with his son Merle for over 15 years until Merle’s death in 1985, in an accident on the family farm.” Merle was 36.

Here is a show to remember Doc and Merle by.

Thanks to Rob Berger for sharing the tracks at Lossless Legs. Rob also noted: “A couple of brief drop outs synched up on last two tracks.”

Cover picture posted at travellinminstrel.blogspot - Thanks!

source: sbd 1st gen cassette
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Jerry Moore’s copy
lineage:
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Track 01. tuning (3.6MB)
Track 02. Brown’s Ferry Blues (7.8MB)
Track 03. Corina Corina (6.5MB)
Track 04. Spike Driver Blues (7.3MB)
Track 05. instrumental (5.0MB)
Track 06. Cypress Grove (8.8MB)
Track 07. Freight Train Boogie (7.2MB)
Track 08. Black Mountain Rag (9.3MB)
Track 09. Blue Yodel #7 (7.8MB)
Track 10. Curly Headed Baby (5.9MB)
Track 11. Gypsy Lady (7.5MB)
Track 12. Laughin’ Just to Keep From Crying (4.7MB)
Track 13. Please Love Me (3.8MB)
Track 14. Blue Suede Shoes/Tutti Frutti (7.9MB)
Track 15. Tennessee Stud (8.0MB)

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  1. 9 Responses to “DOC & MERLE WATSON - SQUAW VALLEY 1976”

  2. Great stuff. Important too……………

    By Timmy on Jun 22, 2012

  3. Soon as I saw that Tennessee Stud was on this I had to have it.
    Many years ago I bought the 3 lp set from the Nnitty Gritty Dirt band “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and it had a version of Tennessee stud with Ddoc that I think might be my favourite bluegrass tune ever….thanks bigo..a pleasant surprise!

    By sluggo on Jun 23, 2012

  4. Many have recorded Tennessee Stud. No one has ever done it better than Doc Watson. Thanks BigO.

    By aking on Jun 23, 2012

  5. Folk music is a term I never really understood,I much prefer having somebody tell me that “this is Doc Watson”,then you knew exactly what you were getting….and this is just about as good as it gets.Thx Big-O !!!

    By couz on Jun 23, 2012

  6. Great show, thanks bigo!

    By Mark E on Jun 23, 2012

  7. this is a nice one!

    I-)

    By I-) on Jun 26, 2012

  8. Fans of Doc Watson might like this personal tribute to the man and the musician that I wrote after his death. What a great guy he was.

    http://horsham.patch.com/blog_posts/a-personal-tribute-to-doc-watson

    By David on Jun 29, 2012

  9. Terrific show, Doc is in fine shape:)

    By Psyclist on Jun 30, 2012

  10. I’m 64 years old now but was at that late show . Nice to be able to go back and find out g list . One of my favorites memory of all time

    By kenneth zaharias on Sep 27, 2020

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