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Classic Album Review: Doc & Merle Watson | Elementary Doctor Watson

The father-and-son roots duo are in fine form on this downhome 1971 release.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The family that picks together sticks together.

From much of his career, blind flat-picking guitar legend Doc Watson was accompanied on guitar and banjo by his son Merle. This album — originally released back in 1972 — finds the duo in fine form, rendering downhome versions of classics and originals with the help of fiddler Vassar Clements and a crack band.

ON THE MENU: The boys work up a nice cover of Summertime, along with a banjo bluegrass ditty of Merle’s called Interstate Rag and a suitably chugging Freight Train Boogie.

SURPRISE: Four bonus tracks — that have been included on other pressings of this album — are nowhere to be found here.

 

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