Ballads from Deep Gap

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Ballads from Deep Gap
Studio album by Doc Watson, Merle Watson
Released 1967
Genre Folk, country blues
Length 35:22
Label Vanguard
Producer Jack Lothrop
Doc Watson chronology
Home Again!
(1966)Home Again!1966
Ballads from Deep Gap
Strictly Instrumental
(1967)Strictly Instrumental1967

Ballads from Deep Gap is the second studio album by American folk music artist Doc Watson and Merle Watson, released in 1967. The title references the town Watson was born in — Deep Gap, North Carolina.

Two of the songs were co-written with fiddler Gaither Carlton, Doc's father-in-law.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Jim Smith wrote of the album "The largely overlooked Ballads from Deep Gap features a great song list and some of Doc & Merle Watson's best early playing."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" (Lester Flatt) – 2:49
  2. "My Rough and Rowdy Ways" (Elsie McWilliams, Jimmie Rodgers) – 2:28
  3. "The Wreck of the Old Number Nine" (Carson Robison) – 2:55
  4. "Gambler's Yodel" (Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore) – 2:55
  5. "The Cuckoo" (Traditional) – 2:46
  6. "Stack-O-Lee" (Traditional) – 3:50
  7. "Willie Moore" (Traditional) – 4:00
  8. "Travelin' Man" (Traditional) – 3:28
  9. "The Tragic Romance" (Grandpa Jones) – 3:18
  10. "Texas Gales" (Molly O'Day) – 1:30
  11. "The Lawson Family Murder" (Walter "Kid" Smith) – 2:36
  12. "Alabama Bound" (Traditional) – 2:47


  • Doc Watson – guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals
  • Merle Watson – guitar, banjo
  • Eric Weissberg – bass

Production notes

  • Jack Lothrop – producer
  • Clalude Karczmer – engineer
  • Bill Vernon – liner notes


  1. ^ a b Smith, Jim. "Ballads from Deep Gap > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011.