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The Vanguard Years (CD)

By: Doc Watson

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Doc Watson Artist Snapshot:

Blind North Carolina guitarist Arthel "Doc" Watson did more than anyone other than Earl Scruggs to popularize the guitar as a lead instrument in bluegrass. Watson's trademark two-fingered flatpicking style is one of the most influential in the genre, and has proven influential to all who followed in his wake. He became a professional musician in the 1950s, and was in the right place at the time for the folk boom of the '60s, which made him a star in roots music circles. For many years, Watson worked in a duo with his son Merle, but the latter was killed in a 1985 farm accident. Doc eventually soldiered on, becoming one of the most respected elder statesmen of bluegrass, earning Grammys and plaudits along the way.

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DISC 1 for The Vanguard Years (CD) Album By Doc Watson iTunes
1   Rambling Hobo Buy Buy
2   Train That Carried My Girl From Town (Live) Buy Buy
3   The Coo Coo Buy Buy
4   Reuben's Train Buy Buy
5   Hick's Farewell Buy Buy
6   Grandfather's Clock Buy Buy
7   Beaumont Rag Buy Buy
8   Farewell Blues Buy Buy
9   Footprints In the Snow Buy Buy
10   Intoxicated Rat Buy Buy
11   Talk About Suffering Buy Buy
12   Omie Wise Buy Buy
13   Country Blues Buy Buy
14   Black Mountain Rag Buy Buy
15   Doc's Guitar Buy Buy
16   Deep River Blues Buy Buy
DISC 2 for The Vanguard Years (CD) Album By Doc Watson iTunes
1   Muskrat Buy Buy
2   Dream Of The Miner's Child Buy Buy
3   Rising Sun Blues Buy Buy
4   Otto Wood the Bandit Buy Buy
5   Little Sadie Buy Buy
6   Windy And Warm Buy Buy
7   Tennessee Stud Buy Buy
8   Blue Railroad Train Buy Buy
9   Down In the Valley To Pray Buy Buy
10   Dill Pickle Rag Buy Buy
11   The F.F.V. Buy Buy
12   Childhood Play Buy Buy
13   Streamline Cannonball Buy Buy
14   Old Camp Meeting Time Buy Buy
15   I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes Buy Buy
16   The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band Buy Buy
DISC 3 for The Vanguard Years (CD) Album By Doc Watson iTunes
1   New River Train Buy Buy
2   Rank Stranger Buy Buy
3   Corrina Corrina Buy Buy
4   What Does The Deep Sea Say Buy Buy
5   There's More Pretty Girls Than One Buy Buy
6   Way Downtown Buy Buy
7   Brown's Ferry Blues Buy Buy
8   Spike Driver Blues (Live) Buy Buy
9   Roll On Buddy Buy Buy
10   I Am a Pilgrim Buy Buy
11   Wabash Cannonball Buy Buy
12   Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms Buy Buy
13   The Lawson Family Murder Buy Buy
14   The Cuckoo Buy Buy
15   Alabama Bound Buy Buy
DISC 4 for The Vanguard Years (CD) Album By Doc Watson iTunes
1   Bye Bye Bluebells (Live) Buy Buy
2   Kinfolks In Carolina (Live) Buy Buy
3   San Antonio Rose (Live) Buy Buy
4   Blow Your Whistle Freight Train (Live) Buy Buy
5   Cannonball Rag (Live) Buy Buy
6   I Am A Pilgrim (Live) Buy Buy
7   Arrangement Blues (Live) Buy Buy
8   I Got A Pig At Home In A Pen (Live) Buy Buy
9   My Rough And Rowdy Ways (Live) Buy Buy
10   Deep River Blues (Live) Buy Buy
11   Banks Of The Ohio (Live) Buy Buy
12   A-Roving On A Winter's Night (Live) Buy Buy
13   Southbound (Live) Buy Buy
14   Memphis Blues (Live) Buy Buy
15   Salt Creek / Bill Cheatham (Live) Buy Buy
16   Brown's Ferry Blues (Live) Buy Buy

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Product Notes

Traveling into the Carolina hills to record old-time banjoist Clarence Ashley, folklorist Ralph Rinzler happened across a young, guitar-playing neighbor named Arthel "Doc" Watson, and folk and bluegrass music were changed forever. This four-disc set shows Watson at the height of his powers, from his blazing 1964 original Vanguard album to nine numbers recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival. There's plenty of clean, lightning-quick flatpicking here, of course, but The Vanguard Years also showcases Watson's not inconsiderable skills on the five-string banjo and rack harmonica as well as his warm and personable voice. The revelatory side four contains 17 previously unreleased live recordings, including six duets with the great Merle Travis. This CD makes a perfect introduction to what are arguably the guitar player's finest recordings, with enough new tracks thrown in to please even the Watson cognoscenti. --Mary Park

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