Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk City

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This album documents Doc Watson's first solo public appearance; it finds him in front of an appreciative West Village crowd at the height of the early-'60s folk music craze, playing a borrowed acoustic guitar at the time the only guitar he owned was the electric Les Paul with which he had been making a living as a member of a North Carolina rockabilly band and performing a varied set of tunes that range from traditional ballads like "Little Sadie" and "The ng Gambler" to traditional blues and Merle Travis-style guitar showcases. He's joined at various times by local folk luminaries John Herald, Ralph Rinzler, and Bob Yellin, but what is consistently striking is his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This album documents Doc Watson's first solo public appearance; it finds him in front of an appreciative West Village crowd at the height of the early-'60s folk music craze, playing a borrowed acoustic guitar at the time the only guitar he owned was the electric Les Paul with which he had been making a living as a member of a North Carolina rockabilly band and performing a varied set of tunes that range from traditional ballads like "Little Sadie" and "The ng Gambler" to traditional blues and Merle Travis-style guitar showcases. He's joined at various times by local folk luminaries John Herald, Ralph Rinzler, and Bob Yellin, but what is consistently striking is his mastery of the stage and the warmth and gentle virtuosity of his playing -- attributes that would later come to define his art, but which are remarkable in an artist performing solo for the first time. Highlights include an excellent arrangement of "Milk Cow Blues," an a cappella rendition of "The Lone Pilgrim," and an all-too-brief performance of the Travis classic, "Cannonball Rag." Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891393421
  • Catalog Number: 3934
  • Sales rank: 258,145

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Sadie (2:23)
  2. 2 Blue Smoke# (2:12)
  3. 3 St. Louis Blues (2:36)
  4. 4 John Herald Introduction (0:39)
  5. 5 Sing Song Kitty# - John Herald (2:51)
  6. 6 The House Carpenter# (4:30)
  7. 7 Liberty# - The Greenbriar Boys (1:46)
  8. 8 The Old Wooden Rocker (3:06)
  9. 9 Milk Cow Blues (2:10)
  10. 10 Tragic Romance - Bob Yellin (3:59)
  11. 11 The Dream of the Miner's Child (3:07)
  12. 12 The Wagoner's Lad (3:20)
  13. 13 Cannonball Rag (1:54)
  14. 14 The Lone Pilgrim (4:27)
  15. 15 The Roving Gambler (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doc Watson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals
The Greenbriar Boys Track Performer
John Herald Guitar, Vocals
Bob Yellin Banjo
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
Grandpa Jones Composer
Doc Watson Arranger
W.C. Handy Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Peter K. Siegel Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering, Audio Production
Adger M. Pace Composer
B.F. White Composer
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