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“Doc Watson, Live At Club 47” Out February 9

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Doc Watson, Live At Club 47Yep Roc Records and the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries announce the release of Doc Watson, Live at Club 47, set for a February 9 release on CD and digital, nearly 55 years to the date of the original recording. The LP release will follow April 27. The album is now available for pre-order.

Recorded live February 10, 1963 at Club 47 in Cambridge, MA, today known as Club Passim, this never-before-heard album features four previously unreleased songs from Doc’s early repertoire, in addition to performances of Doc’s favorite songs of the Carter Family, Frank Hutchison, Charlie Poole, and Merle Travis. Doc is accompanied by John Herald and Ralph Rinzler of The Greenbrier Boys on five of the album’s tracks.

In celebration of the release, Club Passim, the UNC Libraries’ Southern Folklife Collection and Yep Roc Records present an evening with songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and IBMA guitarist of the year Molly Tuttle February 13. Tickets are on sale and available here.

“This recording documents a pivotal moment in virtuoso Doc Watson’s early solo career,” notes Steven Weiss, director of the Southern Folklife Collection. “This is Doc, paying his dues and playing his heart out, performing two sets of classic, old-time country songs he learned as a child from his family and from old 78 RPM records.

  • Never-Before-Heard Live Album
    Features Four Previously Unreleased Tracks

    Following the success of the Club 47 show, Doc was booked at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival and released his debut solo album on Vanguard Records in 1964. He went on to become America’s premier folk guitarist earning seven Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and in 1997 was presented with the National Medal of Arts at the White House by then-President Bill Clinton, who introduced him saying, “There may not be a serious, committed baby boomer alive who didn’t spend at least some of his or her youth trying to learn to pick guitar like Doc Watson.”

    Doc Watson, Live at Club 47 Track listing:

    1. “Wabash Cannonball” – A.P. Carter
    2. “The House Carpenter” -- Traditional
    3. “I Wish I Was Single Again”** – Traditional
    4. “Little Darling Pal of Mine” – A.P. Carter
    5. “Train That Carried My Girl from Town” – Doc Watson
    6. “The Worried Blues” –Traditional
    7. “Old Dan Tucker”** – Traditional
    8. “Sweet Heaven When I Die” – Claude Grant
    9. “The Talking Blues” – Chris Bouchillon
    10. “Little Margare”t** -- Traditional
    11. “Sitting on Top of the World” – Lonnie Carter and Walter Jacobs
    12. “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down” – Doc Watson
    13. “Blue Smoke” – Merle Travis
    14. “Deep River Blues” – Doc Watson
    15. “Way Down Town” (with Ralph Rinzler and John Herald) – Doc Watson
    16. “Somebody Touched Me” (with Ralph Rinzler and John Herald) – Doc Watson
    17. “Billy in the Low Ground” (with John Herald) – Traditional
    18. “Boil Them Cabbage Down” – Traditional
    19. “Everyday Dirt” – David McCarn
    20. “I Am a Pilgrim” – Merle Travis
    21. “No Telephone in Heaven” – A.P. Carter
    22. “Hop High Ladies the Cake’s All Dough”** –Traditional
    23. “Little Sadie” – Doc Watson
    24. “Black Mountain Rag” (with John Herald) – Doc Watson
    25. “Blackberry Rag” (with John Herald) – Doc Watson
    26. “Days of My Childhood Plays” – Alfred G. Karnes

    Doc Watson” (vocal, guitar, harmonica, autoharp, and banjo)

  • John Herald” (guitar and harmony vocals). Tracks 15, 16 (second guitar) 17, 24, 25.
    Ralph Rinzler” (mandolin and harmony vocals). Tracks 15, 16.
    **previously unreleased tracks.

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

    The Southern Folklife Collection is part of the Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. It is an archival resource dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating traditional and vernacular music, art, and culture related to the American South. We do this to advance the study and public recognition of these art forms, and support the educational, research and service missions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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