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The Three Pickers

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Taped in December 2002 at the R.J. Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem, NC, this PBS concert special immortalizes the historic teaming of three legendary bluegrass performers: Earl Scruggs on banjo, Doc Watson on guitar, and Ricky Skaggs on mandolin. The trio's repertoire is highlighted by such selections as "What Would You Give?," "Foggy Mountain Top," and "Feast Here Tonight." Also on hand is guest star Alison Krauss, performing the traditional ballad "Down in the Valley." The Three Pickers: Legends of ...
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Overview

Taped in December 2002 at the R.J. Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem, NC, this PBS concert special immortalizes the historic teaming of three legendary bluegrass performers: Earl Scruggs on banjo, Doc Watson on guitar, and Ricky Skaggs on mandolin. The trio's repertoire is highlighted by such selections as "What Would You Give?," "Foggy Mountain Top," and "Feast Here Tonight." Also on hand is guest star Alison Krauss, performing the traditional ballad "Down in the Valley." The Three Pickers: Legends of American Music originally aired as an episode of the public-TV anthology Great Performances.
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
As Ricky Skaggs tells it, the operatic supergroup the Three Tenors inspired the idea behind this meeting of three of the greatest names in bluegrass music. All grandiosity aside, the uniting of Skaggs, Doc Watson, and Earl Scruggs equals, or, for diehard nationalists, surpasses that mighty vocal trio. Coming together for the first time, these giants of traditional music meld as if they had been playing together for decades. (Although all three men had collaborated over the years, an official picking session had never actually occurred.) Skaggs, 47 at the time of the recording, was the baby of the group -- Scruggs was pushing 80, while Watson was already there -- yet all three are at the top of their game. Scruggs's three-fingered-style banjo playing sounds thrillingly revolutionary even today; Watson’s clear and majestic flat-picked guitar and emotive vocals are as affecting as ever, while Skaggs’ mandolin and idiomatically exact vocals add an energy that binds the group together. Adding to this embarrassment of riches is a guest appearance by Alison Krauss, who adds her crystalline vocals and sweet fiddle playing to a handful of rewarding songs, including a lovely "Banks of the Ohio." Interview footage documenting the mutual admiration the trio hold for each other rounds out an eminently enjoyable DVD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • UPC: 011661052697
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Rounder / Umgd
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,206

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Earl Scruggs
Doc Watson
Ricky Skaggs
Alison Krauss
Technical Credits
Jim Brown Director, Producer
Sarah Cullen Producer
Garrett Levin Editor
Molly McBride Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This really opened my ears!

    Caught this October 2004 rerun, after calling the attention of a blue-grass aficianado friend to it. As sad as the lyrics of some songs are, there is such an infectious, upbeat vibe to the music that I could easily empathize with the couple, shown engaging in an impromptu dance, with the abandon of a performance in the privacy of their own living room. Their is a purity both in the music, and the performance here, that is incredibly refreshing in this day of over-engineered recordings.

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