I’m delighted to introduce you to the legendary Doc
Martin Watson [Apologies got my feet and ears mixed up! What a fool I am! Thanks, James]. Haven’t heard of him? Don’t worry neither had I until 3 days ago!
Let Wikipedia tell you a few lines,
“Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (born March 3, 1923) is an American guitar player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. He has won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Watson's flat-picking skills and knowledge of traditional American music are highly regarded.”
I was well on the way with my preparations for today’s show when somehow I came across Doc. A few minutes later and my plans changed and here I am with only a few hours until the show starts and I haven’t a show. The music is no problem; got lots of videos but having a completed show is a long way away. You’ll see if I have been successful.
Let’s get straight into some music.
Nearly forgot. Get yourself a coffee, a comfy seat, sit down, sit back and relax.
Bill Cheatham / Salt Creek with Merle Watson
Father and late son, Merle, astound!
Merle, died in 1985 as a result of a working accident but he is remembered at the annual Merlefest in North Carolina.
The music continues with a Doc solo.
Deep River Blues
Not only a great picker but sings too!
Doc was the sixth of nine children, was born in Stoney Fork in North Carolina but lost his sight before his first birthday.
Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia
A bouncy song now carries you on.
I never knew what flat picking was but a quick search told me that it was simply playing with a plectrum and we see in the next video a fiddle tune played on guitar.
Black Mountain Rag with Jack Lawrence
I must apologise here because I have run out of time to insert autobiographical details and so I’ll leave you with the music only. An incomplete show! Just as well the music is great. Well I think so.
Blue Railroad Train
That’s us halfway through so, if you want, take a break and I’ll wait for you.
Way Downtown with David Holt
Soldier’s Joy / Ragtime Annie with David Holt
More fiddle tunes here.
The sound quality is poor but I wanted to put this in. An older David Holt (with the hat) accompanies Doc.
Shady Grove with David Holt
There’s an 1m 17s intro but, if you can, have a listen to it.
We finish off this show with more blues.
Coal Miner’s Blues with Merle Watson
This is a fitting way to end - don’t ask why – just feels like it.
I hope you have enjoyed Doc, his picking, his singing even if my show has missed its mark.
[Report Card: Calum can do better and MUST!]
This is another step on my journey into the wide wide world of music and I’m so glad that Doc jumped up and played for me.
Thanks for listening and tune in next week for a full show.