Mudcat Café message #86067 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11503   Message #86067
Posted By: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
11-Jun-99 - 09:44 PM
Thread Name: Doc Watson: An appreciation.
Subject: RE: Doc Watson: An appreciation.
I have to go along with Mike. Doc Watson is a great musician who happens to include bluegrass in his repetior. I like it better when he puts his pick in his pocket and starts picking with his two fingers. A lot of his fingerpicking versions are my favorit versions--like "Wabash Cannonball" and "Sitting on top of the World"--and both of them have some other real good people performing them.

I have heard of him building a garage; but I didn't know about the video. There are some other videos with him, Howard and Price. One is Yazoos "Traditional Misic Classics" and the other is a Pete Seeger "Rainbow Quest" program devoted entirely to the three.

Bill, I have had the same reaction. It is a pleasure to watch how smoothly and efficiently he plays. I'll bet there is a lot of practice behind that effortlessness. Almost all the great concert musicians give that impression too. (So did Leadbelly!)

The videos I mention all show him with a guitar and so do the publicity pictures of him nowadays. I too would like to see more of his harmonica playing--and his banjo playing!

Murray