Lonesome Road/Look Away!

Lonesome Road/Look Away!

by Doc & Merle Watson


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Doc Watson's United Artists Records catalog (long-since acquired by EMI) was tapped for two compilations in the fall of 2002, this two-fer combining his 1977 album Lonesome Road and his 1978 album Look Away!, licensed by Southern Music Distribution, and Songs From Home on EMI's Capitol Records label. The flurry of activity can be traced to the success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, with its traditional country and bluegrass music. That's ironic, given that Watson's tenure at UA in the 1970s came due to the success of an earlier traditional country collection, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken album, on which he appeared. The record business is nothing if not trendy, but if that's what it takes to bring two albums as enjoyable as Lonesome Road and Look Away! back into print, so be it. Watson is, of course, joined by his son, Merle Watson, on both releases, as well as by small bands that give the tracks a rocking punch. He essays a variety of country and folk standards, including Mississippi John Hurt's "My Creole Belle" (the only track that overlaps with Songs From Home) and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." The disc ends with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "New Born King" and "Peace in the Valley," both of them gospel songs on which Watson is joined by an orchestra and choir. The tracks are not consistent with the feistier material from the original LPs, but they are warmly and sincerely performed and provide a reverent coda to an excellent collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2002
Label: Southern Music Dist.
UPC: 0697035197722
catalogNumber: 1977
Rank: 42391

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doc & Merle Watson   Primary Artist
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Doc Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Michael Coleman   Bass
T. Michael Coleman   Electric Bass,Vocal Harmony
Pebble Daniel   Background Vocals
Karl Himmel   Drums,Shaker
Jim Isbell   Percussion,Drums
Marcia Routh   Background Vocals
Gove Scrivenor   Harmonica
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Merle Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Slide Guitar
Bob Wilson   Piano
Joe Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Doc Watson   Arranger,Adaptation
Bob Dylan   Composer
Billy Vaughn   Producer
Mitch Greenhill   Producer
Merle Watson   Producer
Ernie Winfrey   Engineer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Gary Panter   Illustrations
Bill Burks   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Lauber   Arranger,Adaptation
William "Bleu" Evans   Engineer
Edwin Hobgood   Engineer
Bob Maile   Calligraphy
John Hurt   Composer

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Lonesome Road/Look Away! 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This compilation is an interesting look at where the Watsons were in the late 70s. Their attempts at broadening their music were commendable but did not quite click. Three and 1/2 stars is a good rating for these albums. The most traditional tracks worked the best. This is not an attempt to dissuade you from buying this CD, but if you are new to Doc Watson, get one of the Rounder compilations of his Flying Fish albums or buy some his Vanguard collections. If you can find it, his Memories CD on Sugar Hill is another fine starting point.He and the late Merle are one of the treasures of American roots music.