Red Rocking Chair

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Doc Watson has never recorded a bad album, and Red Rocking Chair, drawn from sessions in California in December 1980 and January 1981, is no exception. With his son Merle Watson on additional guitar and banjo, and with T. Michael Coleman on bass, Watson brings his own considerable guitar and banjo skills to bear on this selection of folk and blues tunes. Doc's voice is as easy and as comfortable as an old fishing hat, and that quality makes tunes like "Sadie," "Old Rocking Chair," and "Mole in the Ground" appear as familiar as old friends at a cookout. Watson's version of Tom Paxton's "John Hurt" is taken at a slightly faster pace than the original, and may well be the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Doc Watson has never recorded a bad album, and Red Rocking Chair, drawn from sessions in California in December 1980 and January 1981, is no exception. With his son Merle Watson on additional guitar and banjo, and with T. Michael Coleman on bass, Watson brings his own considerable guitar and banjo skills to bear on this selection of folk and blues tunes. Doc's voice is as easy and as comfortable as an old fishing hat, and that quality makes tunes like "Sadie," "Old Rocking Chair," and "Mole in the Ground" appear as familiar as old friends at a cookout. Watson's version of Tom Paxton's "John Hurt" is taken at a slightly faster pace than the original, and may well be the definitive take of this homage to Mississippi John Hurt. The transformation of Leroy Carr's "How Long Blues" into an easy guitar shuffle, complete with Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, is further proof of how Watson makes everything he touches fit into his personal and seamless tour of American folk music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1992
  • Label: Flying Fish Records
  • UPC: 018964025229
  • Catalog Number: 70252

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sadie - Merle Watson (2:23)
  2. 2 Fisher's Hornpipe/Devil's Dream - Merle Watson (1:38)
  3. 3 Along the Road - Merle Watson (2:42)
  4. 4 Smoke, Smoke, Smoke - Merle Watson (2:39)
  5. 5 Below Freezing - Merle Watson (2:12)
  6. 6 California Blues - Merle Watson (3:13)
  7. 7 John Hurt - Merle Watson (2:22)
  8. 8 Mole in the Ground - Merle Watson (2:22)
  9. 9 Any Old Time - Merle Watson (2:21)
  10. 10 Red Rocking Chair - Merle Watson (1:57)
  11. 11 How Long Blues - Merle Watson (2:42)
  12. 12 Down Yonder - Merle Watson (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doc & Merle Watson Primary Artist
Doc Watson Indexed Contributor, Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Tom Scott Clarinet
Byron Berline Fiddle
T. Michael Coleman Bass, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Gene Estes Percussion
Hank "Bones" Kahn Percussion
Herb Pedersen Vocal Harmony
Al Perkins Pedal Steel Guitar
Ron Tutt Drums
Merle Watson Banjo, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Doc Watson Arranger
Hank Cicalo Engineer
Mitch Greenhill Producer
Jon Hartley Fox Liner Notes
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