Cash. “Mutual Admiration” sums up the good-natured relationship between Travis and Bresh.
The segments featuring Doc Watson are from an appearance on Iowa Public Television in 1987. Watson is joined by bassist T. Michael Coleman and guitarist Jeff Alexander, replacing the late Merle Watson, who had died two years earlier. In the first song, the Delmore Brothers’ “Freight Train Boogie,” Watson picks in the rapid-fire flat picking style of Alton Delmore. The art of playing guitar and harmonica simultaneously is not an easy one, and as a result, has not been mastered by many artists. Doc learned it by listening to recording artists such as Bill Cox, who made records for the ARC (American Record Corporation) labels in the 1930s.
“I Don’t Love Nobody” is a traditional fiddle tune that was given lyrics in the 1930s, becoming “She’s Killing Me,” performed by Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys and other western swing groups. Doc Watson played a lot of fiddle tunes on the guitar such as this one; there is some great close-up work of Doc’s left hand in action.
On John D. Loudermilk’s “Windy and Warm,” Doc puts on the thumb pick and does a little Travis picking. After “Travelin’ Man,” Doc introduces Roy Acuff’s “Streamlined
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