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BALLADS FROM DEEP GAP, NC, AND OKEMAH, OK

The unofficial DOC & MERLE WATSON
and semi-official WOODY GUTHRIE and ALMANAC SINGERS Site

of Manfred Helfert (manfredh@geocities.com)

LAST UPDATED: May 6, 2001

YOU ARE VISITOR NUMBER since Jun 3, 1997.

DOC WATSON | WOODY GUTHRIE | THE ALMANAC SINGERS | WHAT'S NEW...

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Watch Doc Watson perform "Southbound"

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This site was first launched in June 1997 and is still under heavy construction. As far as Doc Watson is concerned, it started as an (occasionally annotated) discography listing the Doc Watson recordings in my collection.
Lately, I have been adding some of the lyrics of songs performed by him and some of the stories told by Doc in concert, and several links to other Doc Watson sites.

Another part of this site was added as a tribute to what I believe to be the greatest American songwriter (although "somewhat controversial"), Woody Guthrie, in memory of the 20th anniversary of his death on Oct 3, 1967.

Over the next few months, these pages will hopefully become closely interlinked with my BOB DYLAN MUSICAL ROOTS and my HISTORY IN SONG sites, with many more song lyrics, background info, historical photographs etc. being added.

If you know of any Doc Watson recordings which I do not have or which I may have overlooked and/or omitted, please feel free to send me a message. Other feedback (including transcribed lyrics, scans of pictures that you would allow me to use, etc.) is equally appreciated.

I'm always interested in tape trades (especially for a version of Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" performed by Doc Watson... grovel, grovel), but sometimes I'm kinda slow in answering email -- and a recent hard-disk crash wiped out the trading lists, email addresses, of the people who contacted me already.
So, if you're still interested, please contact me again.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

All original content © by Manfred Helfert, 1997

Doc's recordings with Clarence Ashley, Clint Howard, Fred Price, et. al.

  • THE WATSON FAMILY
  • The Watson Family recordings -- "field recordings", Newport Folk Festival, etc.

  • DOC & MERLE WATSON
  • Self-explanatory -- Doc & Merle Watson albums in chronological order

  • DOC & RICHARD WATSON
  • The Watson tradition continues in the third generation....

  • DOC WATSON on other artists' albums
  • Guest appearances on albums by Michelle Shocked, Maria Muldaur, and a host of others...

  • "VARIOUS ARTISTS" AND COMPILATION ALBUMS
  • Tapes in my collection
  • including an appearance at The White House, Washington, DC (and some comments by President Jimmy Carter...)

  • SONG LYRICS (just a start, but this section will be growing...)
  • DOC TALES
  • not necessarily Doc Watson related, but another hobby of mine... again, just a start...

    Due to continued and growing interest in this part of my site, it was moved to a separate new location -- lots of graphics added (historical photographs, etc.) -- disable your browser's automatic picture loading if you're interested in the lyrics alone.

    DOC WATSON LINKS

    PLEASE ALSO CHECK OUT MY BOB DYLAN ROOTS SITE (it's far more advanced and has minor Doc Watson content as well)

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