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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000H5VF2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Doc Watson is really at the roots of country music and bluegrass.
helveto
If anyone wants to hear some of the best music that Doc and Merle ever pushed out, this is the disk to buy.
Chuck Makela
Quite simply, Doc Watson is one of the best flat-pick guitarists--period.
Steve Vrana

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the companion album to 2004's SITTIN' HERE PICKIN' THE BLUES. That album expanded 1985's PICKIN' THE BLUES by adding a handful of tracks from RED ROCKING CHAIR (1981) and DOC AND MERLE WATSON'S GUITAR ALBUM (1983). All three of those albums were from Doc's association with the Flying Fish Label.

Now, two years later, Rounder puts out BLACK MOUNTAIN RAG, which includes the remaining eight tracks from RED ROCKING CHAIR and the remaining 9 tracks from GUITAR ALBUM. In addition, there are two tracks ("Leaving London" and "Bye Bye Bluebelle/Smiles") from the 1996 compilation WATSON COUNTRY, as well as "Blackberry Blossom" from 1990's NORMAN BLAKE & TONY RICE 2.

Quite simply, Doc Watson is one of the best flat-pick guitarists--period. And his son Merle (who tragically died in 1985) is an equally talented guitarist, especially his slide guitar playing. I was first introduced to Doc Watson on the Dirt Band's WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN and have been a fan ever since. Doc is incapable of putting out a bad album, and his albums for the Flying Fish label in the early Eighties are all excellent. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MusicoParticular on October 18, 2006
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"Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette. Puff, puff, puff, but if you smoke yourself to death tell St. Peter at the golden gate that you hates to make him wait, but you just gotta have another cigarette."

-<u>Smoke, Smoke, Smoke</u>, Track 2

Just recently got this album, and am only just beginning to appreciate it. The guitars are all very crisp, and the other instruments compliment the simple old-time and bluegrass tunes nicely. An extremely wide variety of tunes, all of which are masterfully played by the contributing musicians. Particular tracks to look for are "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke", "Below Freezing", and "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar", the last of which has a particularly interesting chord progression, making interesting use of a diminished chord to make for a curious but well-chosen closer. Black Mountain Rag deserves my stars for having strong performances all around and moreover, for being a well-mixed final product.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ronald G. Jordan on March 8, 2007
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This repackaging of classic cuts just before Merle's death has excellent sound quality, with Doc at his musical peak. Mark O'Connor fiddle backup is awesome. Some of the most important Doc songs, a great example of an American legend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Makela on July 4, 2012
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Quite frankly, Doc has so many hit albums out there that it's hard to make a decision. However, I knew I wanted songs where Merle was included and since I used to live in Asheville, NC (Black Mountain is just 20 miles down the road), I decided I'd give this selection a shot. Wow, did I make the right choice! The sounds on this CD are fantastic! If anyone wants to hear some of the best music that Doc and Merle ever pushed out, this is the disk to buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By helveto on February 19, 2013
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Doc Watson is really at the roots of country music and bluegrass. Despite is blindness he plays guitar like nobody else, a master in flat picking. By chance, he has a very long career and produced many of the finest records of his style of music. Each of them are a "must have" in every serious country collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Baker on December 9, 2012
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I saw Doc Watson when he first came north and he was one of a kind then. He's gone now, but thank heaven he left us album after album of his remarkable guitar playing and singing. He was - and through albums like these - continues to be an immense talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben in Raleigh on January 17, 2013
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Everything I had hoped for . Perfect companion to Sittin Here Pickin The Blues. The harmony between father and son goes beyond the music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary I. Jacobs on June 18, 2013
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Classic from this legendary picker, now sadly taken from us. A well rounded collection, even if U have other releases.
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