Enjoyable and laid-back concert from the 1980's `Ramblin'' series, with old flat pickin' hero Doc Watson and his son Merle. Bass player Michael Coleman completes the little circle. Doc Watson seems to have been around forever, and is still singing and picking, from time to time - though he's now well into in his 80's.
This easy going performance includes ballads, bluegrass, a little gospel, some jazz and blues - a little pathos and a lot of humor!
There is also an interesting visit with Doc and Merle at home in Deep Gap, North Carolina. Here Doc talks earnestly and expansively, about his early life, his influences, and his family. The `Bonus' material includes a 1999 interview with Doc where he reflects anew on his life, his beliefs and values, and the passing of his son Merle in 1985. Doc now plays with Merle's son Richard amongst others.
A PDF file is included, (accessable through your home PC) which has biographical material, rare photographs, and music details - including information about the annual music festival `Merlefest' started by the family to honor Merle's memory.
I've had records of Doc Watson from the days of yore, which I've always enjoyed listening to. However a DVD, and in particular this DVD, gives a much more satisfying and broader dimension to the experience, as you enjoy a more natural and active participation with the performance and the players.
I would recommend this balanced DVD as an enriching and enjoyable piece of `Americana', and a valuable historical document. And I would recommend it just for the buzz!
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