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Flatpicking legend Doc Watson and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman have been playing together periodically for more than 30 years. In 1997, Grisman compiled some of the gems from these informal sessions and released them on his Acoustic Disc label. The 14 cuts were recorded mostly at Grisman's home in California between 1987 and 1991. The tracks are mainly traditional country and bluegrass tunes played lovingly and often with great restraint. On songs like the George Gershwin classic "Summertime," Grisman in particular makes every note count. Watson's voice is still strong and soulful. But, it is the instrumental duets that really shine, especially the two Bill Monroe tunes "Bluegrass Stomp" and "Kentucky Waltz" and the title track, "Doc and Dawg." This is an intimate collaboration between two men at the top of their craft who share a passion for acoustic music. It is a pleasure to listen in.
Performance CreditsDoc Watson Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
David Grisman Mandolin,Track Performer
James Kerwin Bass
Alan O'Bryant Banjo
Technical CreditsDoc Watson Arranger
Tom Anderson Engineer
David Dennison Engineer
David Grisman Arranger,Producer
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Ralph Rinzler Liner Notes
Bob Shumaker Engineer
D. Brent Hauseman Artwork
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just Picking After his son Merle died in a tractor accident, Doc Watson soldiered on, but never found someone who quite matched Merle. David Grisman recorded the sessions over a four year period and put them out on his Acoustic Disc label. He plays mandolin with Jack Lawrence, Merle's replacement, and Doc playing twin guitars most of the time. Don't expect high energy pyrotechnics. This is gentle, reflective music with a jazzy tone. Doc fans should get it, but it's not where you should begin finding out about Doc Watson.