Monday, November 28, 2011

Doc Watson and David Holt - Wonderful!

All my life I have listened to various players; moreover, I often find myself listen to what they have to say as much or more than what they play. Doc Watson has said, "You have to be yourself otherwise people won't know who you are," are words deeper than most can comprehend. At 87 years of age Doc Watson and David Holt have experienced great success and heart-rendering loss. Their partnership of more than 40 years may seem like an odd pairing but all you have to do is listen to the music and you will soon realize that you experiencing tradition American folk music at its best.

I have always liked Bluegrass music, I just didn't know it! The magical sounds that I heard with Elvis, Duane Eddy, Eddie Cochran, The Stray cats, and country are just offspring of traditional music. The aforementioned owe a lot to Merle Travis and his signature picking technique and if Merle was here today I am certain he would point to a fellow musician who inspired his picking while giving credit where credit is due.
Tab link!
Sure, we all love our own brand of music, but the real lesson is knowing that playing music shouldn't be a competition. Music is really the purest form of human communication. Music affects our senses and emotions. So listen to Doc and David and then go listen to your favorite tune and see if you can find a common denominator between two completely different styles of music. Build the bridge between the two styles and you just might find yourself being hailed as the next Doc Watson, David Holt or Bill Monroe!
Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Watson (RIP) play at Doc's house many years ago!

Doc discusses influences. Very interesting!

Bill Monroe plays Blue moon of Kentucky!

Ok kids, Stop laughin and the hatred! Here is the same song rev'd up by Brian Setzer - Smoke this!

Blue Moon of Kentucky (Live) - Brian Setzer Rockabilly Riot Tour 2011 - Dublin, July 27, 2011 
Close up of the hands of Brian Setzer playing Guitar!!
Now shut up and play your guitar!

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