Doc Watson (album)

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Doc Watson
Studio album by Doc Watson
Released 1964
Genre Folk, blues
Length 35:10
Label Vanguard
Doc Watson chronology
Treasures Untold
Doc Watson
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Doc Watson is the self-titled debut album by Doc Watson, released by Vanguard Records in 1964. The musical supervision was credited to Ralph Rinzler.

It was re-issued on CD by Ace Records in 1995 and numerous tracks have been used in compilations such as Vanguard Years and The Best of Doc Watson 1964-1968.

In celebration of Vanguard Records 60th Anniversary in 2010, it was re-issued with original artwork on a limited edition 180 gram vinyl record pressing of 500 copies for Record Store Day on April 17.


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

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Jim Smith wrote the album "The album is incredibly varied, from the stark, banjo-driven "Country Blues" to the humorous "Intoxicated Rat," and many of these songs became Watson standards, especially his signature song "Black Mountain Rag." His incredible flat-picking skills may have been what initially wowed his audiences, but it was Watson's complete mastery of the folk idiom that assured his lasting popularity."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Nashville Blues" (Delmore Brothers) – 1:55
  2. "Sitting on Top of the World" (Sam Chatmon, Walter Vinson) – 2:35
  3. "Intoxicated Rat" (Dorsey Dixon, Mainer) – 2:28
  4. "Country Blues" (Dock Boggs) – 3:26
  5. "Talk About Suffering" (traditional) – 2:45
  6. "Born About Six Thousand Years Ago" (traditional) – 2:57
  7. "Black Mountain Rag" (traditional) – 1:29
  8. "Omie Wise" (traditional) – 4:23
  9. "Georgie Buck" (traditional) – 2:13
  10. "Doc's Guitar" (Doc Watson) – 1:14
  11. "Deep River Blues" (traditional) – 3:07
  12. "St. James Hospital" (James "Iron Head" Baker) – 3:25
  13. "Tom Dooley" (traditional) – 3:13


  • Doc Watson – guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals
  • John Herald - second guitar on Nashville Blues and Black Mountain Rag


  1. ^ a b Smith, Jim. "Doc Watson > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011.