The Three Pickers

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Released in conjunction with an episode of PBS's Great Performances, The Three Pickers is a boon for those who love to hear -- and see -- hot, masterful picking. Even without the visuals, though, this disc proves an unending delight, as these veterans put fresh spins on some time-tested material. Joined by the inimitable Earl Scruggs on mandolin and Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, 80-year-old Doc Watson pretty much steals the show, not only with his impeccably fingerpicked guitar work but also with his amiable between-songs stage patter, which lends the affair a living room-concert intimacy. Staunch traditionalists all, the trio kick things off by sharing lead vocals and ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Released in conjunction with an episode of PBS's Great Performances, The Three Pickers is a boon for those who love to hear -- and see -- hot, masterful picking. Even without the visuals, though, this disc proves an unending delight, as these veterans put fresh spins on some time-tested material. Joined by the inimitable Earl Scruggs on mandolin and Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, 80-year-old Doc Watson pretty much steals the show, not only with his impeccably fingerpicked guitar work but also with his amiable between-songs stage patter, which lends the affair a living room-concert intimacy. Staunch traditionalists all, the trio kick things off by sharing lead vocals and trading feisty licks on Bill Monroe's "Feast Here Tonight." On another Monroe gem, the tender-hearted "What Is a Home Without Love," Watson reminiscences the first time he heard the Monroe Brothers on his family's Gramophone player, ahead of some beautiful harmonizing with Skaggs on the choruses. "Earl's Breakdown" is an occasion for Scruggs to tear into a zigzagging banjo lead, with Skaggs in furious pursuit on mandolin and Watson bringing up the rear with a fleet-fingered bit of angular picking. Alison Krauss drops by to add some evocative fiddle commentary and pitches some chilling vocal harmony on the Carter Family's "Storms Are on the Ocean," as well as starring with Watson in a jaw-dropping a cappella reading of "Down in the Valley to Pray" from O Brother Where Art Thou?. Gospel, breakdowns, traditional folk tales, traditional country -- no matter the style, these seasoned pros deliver the goods, and then some, when it comes to mating soulful expression to technical mastery.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Folk and bluegrass legends meet live on-stage on Rounder's bright and entertaining Three Pickers. The titular "pickers" are bluegrass banjo innovator Earl Scruggs, guitarist and folk purist Doc Watson, and relative newcomer with only 45 years of musical experience under his belt Ricky Skaggs on mandolin and guitar; they work most often as a trio but also perform with a wide variety of combos that were lucky enough to be invited on-stage. Recorded in Winston Salem, NC, in December 2002, the album reflects an honest interplay between the three main performers and the audience that seems lost in most concert experiences, and despite their age, Watson can still sing and Scruggs can still pick nearly as well as they did in their prime. Guest vocals and fiddle from the ubiquitous Alison Krauss liven up "The Storms Are on the Ocean" and the "one-sided prenuptial agreement" murder ballad "On the Banks of the Ohio," while Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder inject some youthful exuberance into the evening during their set. The songs performed by "Earl Scruggs With Family and Friends" get a little loose around the edges, but the sweet and lowdown duo of Watson and his grandson Richard more than make up for it with their warm intimacy. All in all, it seems as though this was a spectacular exhibition of authentic folk music live on-stage, and the album lets that genuine honesty and warmth shine through perfectly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661052628
  • Catalog Number: 610526
  • Sales rank: 6,924

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feast Here Tonight - Skaggs (3:02)
  2. 2 What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul - Skaggs (2:35)
  3. 3 Spoken Introduction - Skaggs (0:54)
  4. 4 Who Will Sing for Me? - Skaggs (3:34)
  5. 5 Spoken Introduction - Skaggs (1:47)
  6. 6 Soldier's Joy - Skaggs (1:39)
  7. 7 Walk on Boy - Skaggs (3:30)
  8. 8 Daybreak Blues - Skaggs (3:21)
  9. 9 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - Skaggs (2:30)
  10. 10 Pick Along - Skaggs (2:39)
  11. 11 Spoken Introduction - Skaggs (0:29)
  12. 12 What Is a Home Without Love? - Skaggs (3:06)
  13. 13 Doin' My Time (4:28)
  14. 14 Earl's Breakdown (3:43)
  15. 15 The Storms Are on the Ocean - Skaggs (3:58)
  16. 16 Down to the River to Pray - Skaggs (2:48)
  17. 17 The Banks of the Ohio - Skaggs (4:19)
  18. 18 Ridin' That Midnight Train (2:45)
  19. 19 Spoken Introduction (0:51)
  20. 20 Road to Spencer (3:36)
  21. 21 Katy Hill - Skaggs (2:44)
  22. 22 Foggy Mountain Top - Skaggs (3:10)
  23. 23 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Skaggs (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earl Scruggs Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Doc Watson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ricky Skaggs Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Vocals
John Jorgenson Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Glen Duncan Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Rob Ickes Dobro
Jim Mills Banjo
Martin Parker Drums
Gary Scruggs Electric Bass, Vocals
Darrin Vincent Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Richard Watson Acoustic Guitar
Cody Kilby Acoustic Guitar
Mark Fain Acoustic Bass
Paul Brewster Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Andy Leftwich Fiddle
Brad Davis Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Earl Scruggs Composer, Liner Notes
Ricky Skaggs Composer, Producer, Quotes Researched & Compiled
Ralph Stanley Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Doc Watson Arranger, Liner Notes, Adaptation
Solomon Burke Composer
John McEuen Composer
Jimmie Skinner Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter Composer
Charles K. Harris Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Jim Ed Brown Director, Producer, Liner Notes
A.P. Carter Composer
Sara Carter Composer
John Ely Composer
Brent King Engineer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Carter Stanley Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Steven Jurgensmeyer Art Direction
M. Christian Composer
Gladys Stacey Composer
Louise Certain Composer
Babe Chivian Composer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Sarah Cullen Producer
Joseph Martin Composer
W. Walker Composer
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  • Posted December 4, 2010

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    It Must Have Been a Wonderful Evening

    Often superstar concerts are a letdown but this one is an exception. Even the between songs chatter is good. Doc Watson seems to outshine both Ricky Skaggs and Earl Scruggs, probably because the bulk of the music is traditional. This is not to downgrade their performances, it just seems the set list played up his strengths. The modesty and decency of all three men shines through this recording and fans of folk, bluegrass, and old-time music should have this set in their collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As good as it gets!

    Scruggs,Watson and Scaggs...what else can be said?Throw in Kentucky Thunder and Alison Krauss and you have a winner.Just an all around great CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Joy on a Disc

    This is a real showcase performance. As a novice banjo student, it's always inspiring to hear the great Earl Scruggs, but to hear him recall some of his childhood is a rare slice of history. You even get to hear him play guitar on track 4 (Who Will Sing for Me), which is a song I can't stop singing (you can ask my wife). Doc Watson's supersmooth guitar work and vocals are also a joy.

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