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Southbound
Doc Watson
Southbound
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
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The Vanguard recordings of Doc Watson are to folk music what the Carter Family is to country. Through a vigorous touring and recording schedule in the '60s, Doc introduced millions to songs that have since become standards...  more »

      
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All Artists: Doc Watson
Title: Southbound
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vanguard Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Classic Country, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 015707921329, 015707921312, 090204400423, 157077921346

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The Vanguard recordings of Doc Watson are to folk music what the Carter Family is to country. Through a vigorous touring and recording schedule in the '60s, Doc introduced millions to songs that have since become standards for artists like Bob Dylan, Richard Buckner, and Gillian Welch. Here Doc puts on a clinic as a composer and player. Songs like "Blue Railroad Train," "Last Thing on My Mind," and the immortal "Tennessee Stud" offer particularly strong examples of Watson's flash flood flat picking and understated, colloquial singing, not to mention his interpretive skills. Nor should his son Merle's contribution be overlooked. --Roy Francis Kasten

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HILLBILLY MASTERPIECE FROM FLATPICKING WIZARD
TUCO H. | Los Angeles, CA | 08/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Man! Is this the greatest record or what!? I've never heard singing (and sometimes yodeling) that's so authentic and deeply felt. I've never heard acoustic country guitar playing that sounds so pure despite the very formidable technique used. Doc is very much a 'progressive' musician, strongly influenced by blues and jazz players; yet he never strays too far from the DEEP ROOTS which are his foundation. These roots are 'backwoods' country, but as unmistakably American as Mark Twain, John Wayne, Apple Pie and Norman Rockwell combined. The songs here run the gamut from the most beautifully and heatbreakingly sad possible ("Alberta"), to the most peaceful and mellow imaginable ("Southbound"),' to joyful instrumental odes ("Nashville Pickin',""Sweet Georgia Brown,"), and a stoically triumphant and hilarious yodeling classic ("Never No More Blues.") All in all, one of the best records in my collection and the ABSOLUTE ANTITHESIS of all the garbage peddled by the millions in country music today."
A lengendary album
TUCO H. | 09/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For anyone who doesn't know Doc Watson, pay attention: here is possibly the greatest flat picker who ever lived. My father has had this album for over 30 years, and he knows every single note to it. I've been listening to it for about two years and I know most of them too. This is pure American music at its heart, expressed by a man with a great appreciation for the soul and emotion behind the music. Doc Watson is technically and innovatively brilliant. The songs aren't only folk, but everything else. 'The Call of the Road' and 'Windy and Warm' sound almost like flamenco. 'The Riddle Song' is a sweet love ballad. And there are no words to describe the guitars of Doc, his son Merle, and John Pilla. I saw him in concert a few weeks ago, and he is as fast and rich as he was on this record, almost 35 years ago."
Just Listen
Gordon Buffington (buffco@flash.net | Houston, Texas | 03/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have had this album for more than 20 years. It is a classic of American music. I can listen to Tennessee Stud over and over again. If anyone is not familiar with this music, please try it. You won't regret it."