Live: Doc Watson @ The Egg, 8/1/10

August 9th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Doc Watson is 87 years old, which means two things:

a) He doesn’t pick with the surety and crispness that he once did
b) That really doesn’t matter, ’cause we’re not likely going to get too many more chances to see him play at all

He played the first of his two 50-minute sets at The Egg accompanied by David Holt (banjo/guitar) and electric bassist T. Michael Coleman. After the opening uptempo volley of “Way Downtown,” Holt remarked that Watson had taken his solo to an unfamiliar place – “a kind of Dick Dale solo there.” Now I didn’t hear any particularly surf-like licks, but then again, I haven’t heard Watson play nearly as many times as Holt has, so maybe his ear is a bit more acute in these matters.

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Doc Watson, What Was the First Record Album You Ever Bought?

July 28th, 2010, 10:58 am by Greg

Doc Watson
“No, I really don’t remember the first album. I do remember some early 78s that I bought. One especially I remember because I accidentally broke it before I got home with it, and so I had to go back and get another one the next Saturday.

It was a 78 of Roy Hall and the Blue Ridge Entertainers. One side of it was a fiddle tune, ‘Natural Bridge Blues,’ and the other side was ‘Don’t Let Your Sweet Love Die.’

I had heard it on the radio – the DJs would play it … and I had to have me one of those.”

The legendary guitarist Doc Watson steps into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Sunday. He’ll be joined by guitarist Richard Watson, banjo player David Holt and bassist T. Michael Coleman. Tix are $34.50.

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