Merlefest Live! The Best of 2003

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Acoustic guitar whiz Merle Watson, son of American musical treasure Doc Watson, died in a farm accident in 1985. A memorial concert was held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in April of 1988, and it proved so successful that it grew into an annual event. Dubbed Merlefest, the concert grew to four days in length, with some 13 stages, over a hundred performers, and as it approaches its 20th year, regularly draws in excess of 80,000 people, making it one of the most respected folk festivals on the circuit. This disc collects highlights from the 2003 Merlefest, and it should come as no surprise that Doc Watson turns in a couple of the best ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Acoustic guitar whiz Merle Watson, son of American musical treasure Doc Watson, died in a farm accident in 1985. A memorial concert was held at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in April of 1988, and it proved so successful that it grew into an annual event. Dubbed Merlefest, the concert grew to four days in length, with some 13 stages, over a hundred performers, and as it approaches its 20th year, regularly draws in excess of 80,000 people, making it one of the most respected folk festivals on the circuit. This disc collects highlights from the 2003 Merlefest, and it should come as no surprise that Doc Watson turns in a couple of the best performances here, since the man has never made a bad recording in his life. His versions of "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor" and "Match Box Blues" have the easy and natural grace we've come to expect from Watson. Other standouts here include Guy Clark's deceptively simple "Black Diamond Strings," an intimate and hoarse-voiced Ralph Stanley on "A Robin Built a Nest on Daddy's Grave," an elegant and polished rendition of "Main Street Blues" by the Red Stick Ramblers, and the chugging, rocking "Conscious Evolution" by Donna the Buffalo. It doesn't replace being in attendance at Merlefest, but these are wonderfully recorded tracks, and the joy and intimacy on display is a true testament to the memory of Merle Watson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: MERLEFEST
  • UPC: 015707976626
  • Catalog Number: 79766

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Before the Next Teardrop Falls (3:40)
  2. 2 San Antonio Rose - The Whites (3:27)
  3. 3 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Doc Watson (2:50)
  4. 4 An American Dream (5:02)
  5. 5 John (3:34)
  6. 6 Go to Sleep Alone (4:02)
  7. 7 Orange Blossom Special - Vassar's Jam (9:38)
  8. 8 Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor - Doc Watson (4:18)
  9. 9 How Mountain Girls Can Love (2:19)
  10. 10 Black Diamond Strings (3:52)
  11. 11 Big Sandy River (2:53)
  12. 12 Master's Call (2:53)
  13. 13 A Robin Built a Nest on Daddy's Grave (3:10)
  14. 14 Main Street Blues (4:55)
  15. 15 Caught in the Crossfire - Rhonda Vincent (3:53)
  16. 16 Hard Game of Love - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (4:06)
  17. 17 Match Box Blues - Doc Watson (4:09)
  18. 18 Conscious Evolution (5:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Douglas Guitar (Resonator)
Doyle Lawson Mandolin, Vocals
Tony Rice Guitar
Peter Rowan Mandolin
Ricky Skaggs Mandolin, Vocals
Ralph Stanley Vocals
Rhonda Vincent Mandolin, Vocals
Sam Bush Mandolin
Guy Clark Guitar
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Guitar, Vocals
Verlon Thompson Guitar
Doc Watson Guitar, Vocals
Pete Wernick Banjo
Michael Harris Bass, Vocals
Buck White Mandolin, Vocals
John McEuen Acoustic Guitar
Don Edwards Guitar, Vocals
Ray Benson Guitar, Background Vocals
Audie Blaylock Guitar, Vocals
Bob Carpenter Keyboards, Vocal Harmony
Vassar Clements Fiddle
T. Michael Coleman Bass
Jack Cooke Bass, Vocals
Jimmie Fadden Harmonica, Drums
Béla Fleck Banjo
Nick Forster Electric Bass
Jeff Hanna Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Ibbotson Electric Bass, Vocal Harmony
Jim Miller Guitar
Jim Mills Banjo
Jason Moore Upright Bass
Tara Nevins Fiddle, Vocals
Tim O'Brien Mandolin, Vocals
Dale Perry Banjo
Jeb Puryear Guitar, Vocals
Jason Roberts Fiddle, Background Vocals
David Sanger Drums
Joel Savoy Fiddle
Mark Schatz Upright Bass
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Cheryl White Bass, Vocals
Sharon White Guitar, Vocals
Barry Scott Bass, Vocals
Darrin Vincent Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Richard Watson Guitar
Steve Sparkman Banjo
Cody Kilby Guitar
James Alan Shelton Guitar
Mark Fain Bass
Kenny Ingram Banjo
Paul Brewster Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
James Price Fiddle
John Rigsby Mandolin, Vocals
Ralph Stanley II Guitar, Vocals
Steve Gulley Guitar, Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Barry Abernathy Banjo, Vocals
David Earl Miller Bass
Jim VanCleve Fiddle
Jim "Miracle" Murphy Steel Guitar
Jamie Dailey Guitar, Vocals
Jed Greenberg Bass, Vocals
Ricky Rees Bass
Kathy Ziegler Organ, Vocals
Andy Leftwich Fiddle
Hunter Berry Fiddle
John Michael Whitby Keyboards
Josh Caffery Guitar, Vocals
Haydn Vitera Fiddle, Vocals
Glenn Fields Drums
Chas Justus Guitar
Linzay Young Fiddle
Robbie Gjersoe Guitar
Jack Lawrence Guitar
Technical Credits
Blind Lemon Jefferson Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Guy Clark Composer
Rodney Crowell Composer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Doc Watson Arranger, Composer
Don Edwards Arranger, Adaptation
David Glasser Audio Master
Albert King Composer
Jeb Puryear Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
James Wells Composer
Mark Wheeler Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Ben Peters Composer
M. Christian Composer
Steve Gulley Composer
Johnny Dowd Composer
Barry Abernathy Composer
Traditional Composer
Ruby Rakes Composer
Josh Caffery Composer
Vivian Keith Composer
Jim Barrow Executive Producer
Earl Sykes Composer
Kenny Baker Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential bluegrass collection

    This is a great collection of the best performances by the best performers from the premier bluegrass festival held every year. With over 70 minutes of music and 18 tracks, the lineup includes everyone from Asleep at the Wheel to Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Ralph Stanley. It is rare that a group of musicians as superior and accomplished as those on this disc turn up on a live compilation, so get it now!

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