First broadcast February 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Doc Watson!

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Arthel “Doc” Watson, one of American folk music’s great treasures, celebrates his 85th birthday on Monday, March 3. This is a birthday salute to the man from near Deep Gap in Watauga County, North Carolina, whose virtuoso flat-picking and finger-picking guitar styles have influenced several generations of musicians. There’s a solo set followed by two sets of memorable music-making with Bill Monroe and David Holt.

After Doc’s 75-minute birthday salute, connect the dots between the ensuing selections and see the musical relationships that existed between those artists.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Doc Watson, “Train That Carried My Girl From Town”, “Blue Railroad Train”, “Streamline Cannonball”, “New River Train”, The Vanguard Years (Box), Vanguard

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  • Doc Watson & Bill Monroe, “Foggy Mountain Top”, “What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul?”, “Watson’s Blues”, Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Doc Watson & Bill Monroe, “Soldier’s Joy”, “Where Is My Sailor Boy”, “You Won’t Be Satisfied That Way”, “Kentucky Mandolin”, Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Doc Watson & David Holt, “Whiskey Before Breakfast/Ragtime Annie”, “Shady Grove”, “Railroad Bill”, Legacy, High Windy Audio

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  • Doc Watson & David Holt, “Stand By Me”, “Raincrow Bill & Hambone Rhythm”, “I Got The Blues And I Can’t Be Satisfied”, Legacy, High Windy Audio

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  • Sam Bush, “Crooked Smile”, “Last Letter Home”, “Leather Britches”, Late As Usual, Rounder

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  • Norman Blake/Nancy Blake/Tut Taylor, “Shacktown Road”, “Guitar Rag”, “The Old Dobro Man”, “Goin’ To Georgia”, Shacktown Road, Dualtone

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  • John Hartford, “Steam-Powered Aereo Plane”, “With A Vamp In The Middle”, “Presbyterian Guitar”, Aereo-Plain, Rounder (Warner Brothers)