Black Mountain Rag

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Black Mountain Rag is drawn from Doc and Merle Watson's three early-'80s albums for Flying Fish Records (1981's Red Rocking Chair, 1983's Doc & Merle Watson's Guitar Album, and Watson Country, which in turn was a sort of a best-of the Flying Fish years), and what is immediately striking about this compilation is how varied it is, even as it settles nicely into familiar "Watson country." Doc Watson is incapable of ever making a bad album, given his warm, easy singing style (Watson's vocals sound eerily like Jack Teagarden's, if Teagarden had been born in North Carolina instead of Texas and had played guitar instead of trombone and had devoted his career to traditional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Black Mountain Rag is drawn from Doc and Merle Watson's three early-'80s albums for Flying Fish Records (1981's Red Rocking Chair, 1983's Doc & Merle Watson's Guitar Album, and Watson Country, which in turn was a sort of a best-of the Flying Fish years), and what is immediately striking about this compilation is how varied it is, even as it settles nicely into familiar "Watson country." Doc Watson is incapable of ever making a bad album, given his warm, easy singing style (Watson's vocals sound eerily like Jack Teagarden's, if Teagarden had been born in North Carolina instead of Texas and had played guitar instead of trombone and had devoted his career to traditional music instead of jazz) and his simply stunning acoustic guitar playing, but here he shows how at home he and Merle are with not only traditional folk fare ("Red Rocking Chair," "Mole in the Ground") but also Western swing ("Smoke, Smoke, Smoke"), organic bluegrass ("Blackberry Blossom"), fiddle tunes reconfigured for guitar ("Fisher's Hornpipe/Devil's Dream"), straight jazz (the Gershwins' "Liza/Lady Be Good") and even a hybrid that might be termed Appalachian jazz (the striking "Below Freezing," which features clarinet lines from Tom Scott). A young Mark O'Connor plays fiddle on several tracks here, and Byron Berline takes a turn at the fiddle for "Down Yonder." There's also a 1990 trio recording ("Blackberry Blossom") featuring Doc with Norman Blake and Tony Rice, which is here as a sort of bonus track. Again, there's no such thing as a bad Doc Watson album, and this one, like all the others, shows why he's a true national treasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661162020
  • Catalog Number: 611620
  • Sales rank: 57,602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Mountain Rag - Merle Watson (2:42)
  2. 2 Smoke, Smoke, Smoke - Merle Watson (2:47)
  3. 3 Black Pine Waltz - Merle Watson (2:34)
  4. 4 Red Rocking Chair - Merle Watson (2:06)
  5. 5 Twinkle, Twinkle - Merle Watson (3:04)
  6. 6 Below Freezing - Merle Watson (2:20)
  7. 7 Mole in the Ground - Merle Watson (2:30)
  8. 8 Liza/Lady Be Good - Merle Watson (2:56)
  9. 9 Down Yonder - Merle Watson (2:23)
  10. 10 Cotton Row - Merle Watson (2:47)
  11. 11 Sadie - Merle Watson (2:30)
  12. 12 Leaving London - Merle Watson (2:32)
  13. 13 Guitar Polka - Merle Watson (2:22)
  14. 14 Fisher's Hornpipe/Devil's Dream - Merle Watson (1:44)
  15. 15 Along the Road - Merle Watson (2:52)
  16. 16 Bye Bye Bluebelle/Smiles - Merle Watson (2:13)
  17. 17 Sheeps in the Meadow/Stony Fork - Merle Watson (2:53)
  18. 18 Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Merle Watson (2:17)
  19. 19 Blackberry Blossom - Merle Watson (3:15)
  20. 20 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar - Merle Watson (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doc & Merle Watson Primary Artist
Doc Watson Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Norman Blake Guitar
Tony Rice Guitar
Tom Scott Clarinet
T. Michael Coleman Bass Guitar
Gene Estes Percussion
Mark O'Connor Fiddle
Herb Pedersen Vocals
Ron Tutt Drums
Merle Watson Banjo, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Doc Watson Composer
Tom Paxton Composer
Dan Fogelberg Composer
T. Michael Coleman Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mitch Greenhill Audio Production
Gus Kahn Composer
James Paris Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Jack Norworth Composer
Albert Von Tilzer Composer
Traditional Composer
George Hill Composer
Paul Williams Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Fine Retrospective

    This is the second Rounder retrospective of Doc and Merle's Flying Fish recordings (Sittin Here Pickin' the Blues was the first). The late Seventies found the Watsons trying a more mainstream country sound but at FF the went back to their roots and a simpler approach. Both anthologies feature father and son in peak form. This one has a few tracks from outside their traditional style but all of them are given the Watson treatment. Sidemen include a young Mark O'Connor and bass player T. Michael Coleman.

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