By the time of this video's opening performance, Doc Watson had already been performing for urban audiences for more than 20 years. During that span he had effectively redefined the role of the acoustic guitar in American folk music, showing that professional skill and dynamics were not incompatible with a deep commitment to musical traditionalism. Doc's accompanists as well as his songs well as his songs here are an eclectic group ranging from his 1950s musical partner, pianist Jack Williams, to his son Merle (seen playing exquisite slide guitar), to Ricky Skaggs (singing and playing a mandolin in a Monroe Brothers style set) to a stellar stringband featuring Mark O'Connor, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, David Grisman and Jerry Douglas. This collection ends with a solo set from Doc which brings his music full circle to the straightforward simplicity with which it was first presented during the 1960s folk revival. Much had changed in the intervening 30 years, but the earthly integrity of Doc Watson's music had not.
Tracklisting: - New River Train - Shady Grove - Going to Chicago - Blue Yodel No. 12 - Sleep Baby Sleep - You Must Come in at the Door - Dear Old Sunny South by the Sea - Amazing Grace, Foggy Mountain Top - What is a Home Without Love - Nine Pound Hammer - Riding On That Midnight Train - Fire Ball Mail - Medley:love & Tutti Frutti, Shake Rattle & Roll - Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor - In the Jailhouse Now - Going to Chicago and Life Gets Tee-jus - Don't It