'Round the Table Again

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Frosty Morn were the group that Doc Watson’s son Merle had formed to explore new musical directions. With Merle’s death in 1985, the group folded, but regular reunions take place at MerleFest, the prestigious annual bluegrass festival dedicated to the late guitarist. 'Round the Table Again, a live recording captured at MerleFest, features the band with Doc Watson. The venerable folk artist is actually given a number of solo numbers (“Lynchburg Town,” a banjo feature; the a cappella “Coo Coo Bird”) before he is joined by the still vivacious unit. Singing with brio and playing up a storm on his guitar, Watson rips into all manner of material: the blues (“She’s So ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Frosty Morn were the group that Doc Watson’s son Merle had formed to explore new musical directions. With Merle’s death in 1985, the group folded, but regular reunions take place at MerleFest, the prestigious annual bluegrass festival dedicated to the late guitarist. 'Round the Table Again, a live recording captured at MerleFest, features the band with Doc Watson. The venerable folk artist is actually given a number of solo numbers (“Lynchburg Town,” a banjo feature; the a cappella “Coo Coo Bird”) before he is joined by the still vivacious unit. Singing with brio and playing up a storm on his guitar, Watson rips into all manner of material: the blues (“She’s So Sweet,” “Blues Walkin’ Round My Bed, “Working Man Blues,” “C. C. Rider”), old-time country yodels (“Jimmie’s Mean Momma Blues”), gospel (“Walking in Jerusalem” ), early rock 'n' roll (“Sincerely “), and even a brilliantly transformed take on classic rock (the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin”).The Frosty Morn gang get in on the act with their spirited renditions of Leadbelly’s “On a Monday,” Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” Mance Lipscomb’s “Sugar Babe,” and a few fine originals. With their perfect fit, Watson and Frosty Morn pay heartfelt tribute to the departed Merle.
All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Performances by Doc Watson with Frosty Morn have become a high point at Merlefest, the annual gathering launched in memory of Doc's son and collaborator, Merle Watson. The band, formed by Merle shortly before his death in 1985, plays impeccably on this Merlefest recording, but Doc opens alone with two traditional performances, playing banjo behind his own vocals on "Lynchburg Town" and singing a cappella on the haunting ballad "Coo Coo Bird." Gradually, the rest of Frosty Morn takes the stage, one song at a time; as each member comes out, Watson steps back a little further until he is integrated fully into the group. Understandably though, he holds the spotlight more than anyone else, telling a few folksy preacher jokes, urging his colleagues to "play it, son," even yodeling in classic fashion on "Jimmie's Mean Mamma Blues." The younger guys on the gig seem eager too, but to a fault; they whoop and yelp a little excessively after "On a Monday" and turn "Show Bizness" into a somewhat silly exercise. Watson, in contrast, tempers his enthusiasm with an almost anachronistic dignity. He does overreach at times, most awkwardly on an uncomfortable rendition of the R&B chestnut "Sincerely." Though his voice has worn a bit, it still animates more congenial material with his combination of warmth and stoic detachment. This is evident especially in his reading of "Nights in White Satin," which raises spirits that would doubtless have startled the Moody Blues. In the end, all of these tracks only echo the introduction that opens the disc: "A national treasure...Doc Watson."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2002
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891393520
  • Catalog Number: 3935
  • Sales rank: 168,359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lynchburg Town - Frosty Morn (4:38)
  2. 2 Coo Coo Bird - Frosty Morn (2:48)
  3. 3 Blues Walkin' Round My Bed - Frosty Morn (4:35)
  4. 4 She's So Sweet - Frosty Morn (4:12)
  5. 5 On a Monday - Frosty Morn (3:11)
  6. 6 Workling Man Blues - Frosty Morn (5:27)
  7. 7 Jimmie's Mean Mamma Blues - Frosty Morn (3:39)
  8. 8 Walking in Jerusalem - Frosty Morn (2:49)
  9. 9 Show Bizness - Frosty Morn (4:23)
  10. 10 Sincerely - Frosty Morn (3:18)
  11. 11 Battle of Nashville - Frosty Morn (4:23)
  12. 12 You Ain't Going Nowhere - Frosty Morn (5:32)
  13. 13 C C Rider - Frosty Morn (4:07)
  14. 14 Court on High - Frosty Morn (3:09)
  15. 15 Nights in White Satin - Frosty Morn (3:29)
  16. 16 Sugar Babe - Frosty Morn (3:50)
  17. 17 [Untitled Track] (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doc Watson Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
T. Michael Coleman Bass, Vocals, Upright Bass, 5-string Bass
Joe Smothers Guitar, Vocals
Richard Watson Guitar
Frosty Morn Track Performer
Technical Credits
Doc Watson Arranger
T. Michael Coleman Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Billy Rowe Logistics
Joe Smothers Arranger
Bill Wolf Engineer, Remixing
Alfred Holbrook Contributor
Clint Miller Contributor
Jim Morton Cover Photo
Claire Armbruster Producer
Kathy Gray Contributor
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