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Classic American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic American BalladsThe Classic series is an enjoyable introduction to the diverse repertoire of American music available from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Each explores the breadth and depth of a genre while the notes trace its significance within American musical heritage. Longtime lovers of American roots music and newcomers alike find value and enjoyment in the Classic series. Compiled and annotated by GRAMMY award winning Smithsonian Folkways Archivist Jeff Place, award winning bluegrass radio presenter Lee Michael Demsey, blues historian Barry Lee Pearson, and others, the series has produced compilations of bluegrass, folk, blues, maritime, old-time, and mountain music.

When Doc Watson & Merle Travis Met for the First Time

Merle Travis and Doc WatsonArtist/producer John McEuen has posted a YouTube video of the meeting of Doc Watson and Merle Travis. This was definitely a special moment in American musical history. In 1966, the Nitty Gritty Dirt band had their first important show opening for Merle Travis at the Ash Grove in Hollywood, California. Five years later, they invited Travis to meet Doc Watson for the first time. The meeting was during the historic 'Circle' sessions.

Sugar Hill Records To Release Doc Watson Anthology Collection

The Definitive Doc WatsonNashville, TN -- In May of 2012, one of the preeminent figures of American Roots Music, Doc Watson, died at 89 years of age. This summer, Sugar Hill Records will unveil a career-spanning collection, The Definitive Doc Watson, that is an expansive tribute to the Appalachian music legend. An anthology that showcases Watson at his finest, the two-disc, 34-track project highlights the best of his solo work in addition to exploring the many albums he recorded with his son, Merle, as well as select guest appearances he made on the recordings of other artists.

Online Voters Suggest Legacy Recording by Flatt & Scruggs with Doc Watson

Strictly InstrumentalNew York, NY -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the first four catalog titles to be released digitally in response to the enthusiasm of music fans voting online at LegacyRecordingsVault.com. The four LP titles now available for purchase as digital downloads mark the first of a monthly series of albums to be released digitally according to crowd sourced fan feedback.

Merlefest 2013 - Another Successful Music Festival

Merlefest Doc Watson JamWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, has come to a close for another year. Early estimates show that, from its start on Thursday, April 25, to its close on Sunday, April 28, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 76,000 participants, staying level with last year’s numbers. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

Jack Lawrence Dedicates New Album to Musicians Who Inspired Him

Arthel's GuitarLittle King Records is proud to announce the release of Arthel's Guitar by Jack Lawrence. Jack is joined by a stellar cast of bluegrass and acoustic musicians including Wayne Benson on mandolin, Shad Cobb and Don Lewis on fiddle, Curtis Burch on Dobro, Steve Lewis on banjo and Ron Shuffler on bass.Now available at www.airplaydirect.com/jacklawrence

Merlefest Honoring Doc Watson Just a Week Away

Doc WatsonWilkesboro, NC -- Preparations are well underway for MerleFest 2013, presented by Lowe’s, which officially begins next Thursday, April 25, and runs through Sunday, April 28, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. When MerleFest kicks off on Thursday afternoon, it will be a bittersweet moment. For the first time in its 26 years, MerleFest will take place without beloved music icon Doc Watson, who passed away on May 29, 2012.

MerleFest 2013 to Feature Special Tributes to Doc Watson

Doc WatsonWilkesboro, NC -- When MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 25-28, 2013, kicks off on Thursday afternoon, it will be a bittersweet moment. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. But for the first time in its 26 years, MerleFest will take place without beloved music icon Doc Watson, who passed away on May 29, 2012.

Milestones: Legends of the Doc Watson Clan Due April 30

MilestonesNashville, TN -- Imagine you could roll back time and hang out with the incomparable Doc Watson and his family at every stage of the clan’s musical evolution. Imagine listening to Doc’s mother sing her work songs, hearing stories about how his son Merle learned to play the guitar and seeing Doc blossom from his rural North Carolina roots into a world-renowned, multiple Grammy winner.

Doc Watson Family Milestones Kickstarter Announced

MilestonesIn April 2013, Open Records will release a multi-disc collection of 92 never-before-heard recordings from the Watson family archive, compiled and organized by Doc Watson’s daughter Nancy Watson. The collection features rare 1950s recordings of Doc Watson playing electric guitar and original songs by Doc and other members of the family. Also included are songs and stories from the family, recorded by the family themselves, that offer an intimate look into the musical life of this extraordinary family. A new Kickstarter program has been launched to help achieve a timely completion of the project.

Kent Gustavson Offers Bluegrass Fans an Early Christmas Gift

Blind But Now I SeeKent Gustavson, PhD and author of Blind But Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson is offering bluegrass fans an early Christmas gift. Gustavson says, "if you haven't had a chance to read my biography of Doc Watson yet. You can download the Kindle version free from now until December 4th."

Rosa Lee Watson, Wife of the Late Doc Watson has Died

Rosa Lee Carlton Watson, age 81, of Deep Gap, died on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2012, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone. Watson was in the Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation following a stroke earlier. She and Doc were married in 1947. Their first son, Merle Watson, was killed in a tractor accident in 1985. Her husband, Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson passed away earlier this year.

Christies to Auction Instruments Including Doc Watson’s ‘Ol’ Hoss’ Guitar

Cristies1112.jpgNew York, NY -- Christie's is pleased to announce the sale of Fine Musical Instruments on November 27. The extensive sale will offer over 215 instruments ranging from a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, to a D-28 guitar by C.F. Martin and Company, and to more contemporary guitars, including ten guitars from the Dopyera Collection. Of interest to our readers will be the late bluegrass music artist Doc Watson's Gallagher G-50 ‘Ol’ Hoss’ guitar.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Artist Lineup by Medley Recognition

Hardly Strictly 12San Francisco, CA -- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is announcing the confirmed artists in a unique way this year. By various medleys on the Artist Lineup website page, there are a series of medleys. As the artists are identified, their names are posted to the roster. The site says, "We are announcing confirmed acts for this year's festival through a series of music medleys each week. As you all guess them correctly, we post their names and photos in the scroller above, as well as a text list below. Good luck guessing and share your guesses with your friends!"

The 39th Telluride Bluegrass Festival Begins Today

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2012The Summer Solstice and the 39th Telluride Bluegrass officially begins today. Yesterday afternoon Greensky Bluegrass and Della Mae with special guest Peter Rowan took the stage at Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village for the 4th Annual FirstGrass show. This free show begins the official music of the their gathering of Festivarian Nation in Telluride.

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