Doc and Merle Watson Concert (with Chubby Anthony and Big Timber Bluegrass)

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Sound

Date:

04/30/1977

Item:

Audio recording

Series:

S1576

Item ID:

T77-280 through T77-281

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  • Orange Blossom Special (Anthony/Big Timber) (T77-280)
  • Salty Dog Blues
  • Lonesome Road Blues
  • Columbus Stockade Blues
  • I Have Tried So Hard to Understand
  • Bill's Tune
  • I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome
  • The Mockingbird
  • Gonna Paint the Town
  • Maggie Blues
  • Carry Me Back to Old Tennessee
  • Foggy Moutain Breakdown
  • I Know You Are Married, But I Love You Still
  • Lee Highway Ramble
  • Lost All My Money But a Two Dollar Bill (Doc and Merle Watson)
  • Spike Railroad Blues
  • I Do Not Love Nobody Breakdown
  • Summertime (cuts off in middle)
  • Going Down That Road Feeling Bad (T77-281)
  • The Cuckoo
  • The Cuckoo Bird
  • Sugar Hill
  • Mean Momma Blues
  • I Miss the Mississippi and You
  • Bye Bye Bluebell
  • Minglewood Blues
  • A Taste of Life's Sweet Wine
  • Florida Blues (with Chubby Anthony)
  • Momma Do Not Allow No...
  • Old Joe Clark (all)

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  • Two reel to reels. Recording of a free concert at the Stephen Foster Center, and sponsored by the Florida Folklife Program. Anthony and Big Timber opened for the Watsons, and later joined them for the finale. Doc Watson was discovered by folklorist Ralph Rinzler in 1960 while recording old-time musician Clarence Ashley in North Carolina. Blind since early childhood, Watson had been playing the guitar for much of his adult life when Rinzler found him. Eagerly accepted by the folk revival boom of the 1960s, he soon began recording best-selling albums and playing folk festivals. His son, Merle, joined him by the mid-1960s. They played old time, country, and bluegrass songs. Known primarily for his flat picking on the acoustic guitar, by the 1970s, Watson and son were highly sought after performers. When Donald "Chubby" Anthony died in Gainesville in 1980, he was considered one of the best bluegrass fiddlers in the nation. Born in Wellborn, South Carolina, Anthony began his career as a teen playing for the bluegrass group, the Stanley Brothers. He moved with them to Florida in 1958 to Live Oak.

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