Doc Watson & Son (1965), The Moray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders (1968), Even Dozen Jug Band (1963)

“Merle Watson’s debut with father Doc Watson was recorded shortly after they performed their first concerts together in California, and it shows the duo’s musical partnership already in full flower, an incredible fact considering that Merle had only been picking guitar for eight months! The best songs here turned up on later Vanguard best-ofs, but there’s a fair amount of greatness in the astonishing instrumental medley ‘Fiddler’s Dram/Whistling Rufus/Ragtime Annie’ and ‘Little Stream of Whiskey,’ an old Irish drinking song transformed into a hobo ballad with a bouncy fingerpicked melody. Perhaps most astonishing is the solo harmonica workout ‘Mama Blues,’ in which the elder Watson imitates the sound of a child crying, showing off yet another facet of his incredible musical skill.”
allmusic, W – Doc Watson & Son, YouTube: Doc Watson & Son – 14 videos

The Holy Modal Rounders was an American folk music group, originally the duo of Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber, who began performing together on the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 1960s. Their unique blend of folk music revival and psychedelia gave them a cult-like following from the late 1960s into the 1970s. For a time the group also included the playwright and actor Sam Shepard. …”
Wikipedia, W – The Moray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders, Perfect Sound Forever: Peter Stampfel interview, Discogs, YouTube: The Moray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders – 7 videos

“The Even Dozen Jug Band was founded in 1963 by Stefan Grossman (solo country blues and ragtime guitarist) and Peter Siegel (roots-based guitarist and producer) in New York City, New York. Other members were David Grisman (a noted mandolinist), Steve Katz (later with Blues Project and Blood, Sweat and Tears), Maria Muldaur (then Maria D’Amato), Joshua Rifkin (arranger of Scott Joplin Ragtime compositions,), and John Sebastian (later with the Lovin’ Spoonful). The Even Dozen Jug Band only existed for a short time. Their only recording was the self-titled album, The Even Dozen Jug Band, issued in January 1964 on the Elektra label. They made a couple of television appearances and performed several times in concert, twice at New York’s Carnegie Hall.”
Wikipedia, W – Even Dozen Jug Band (Album), YouTube: The Even Dozen Jug Band – 14 videos

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