Mudcat Café message #86451 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11503   Message #86451
Posted By: bseed(charleskratz)
13-Jun-99 - 08:27 PM
Thread Name: Doc Watson: An appreciation.
Subject: RE: Doc Watson: An appreciation.
Doc's first recordings were field tapes made by Ralph Rinzler, who had never heard of him until Clarence Ashley, who had made some early vinyl (or whatever they used in the '20s) recordings singing and frailing the banjo, insisted that Doc be recruited to back him up, as Ashley hadn't played in years. Doc was playing electric guitar in a local country band at the time. He had to borrow an accoustic guitar for the recordings: "The Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley," now available as a two-CD set. Can you imagine Rinzler's joy at discovering this national treasure? --seed