Dock Boggs – FRC305


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My sister lived in the Whitesburg, Kentucky, area during the 1960s. In the summer of 1967 I lived with her and searched for elderly banjo players. Dock Boggs lived in Pound, Virginia, just up the valley from Whitesburg. I had a borrowed tape recorder that I turned on when I visited him. I’ll never forget what he looked like because he could have been the twin of my maternal grandfather. Dock claimed that back in his youth he used to spin the banjo around and flip it up in the air and never miss a lick. Hard as I tried, I could never get him to demonstrate those things for me. Dock’s usual style was happy and in major keys, but one little drink and out would come the distinctive modal tunings and his unique blues. Thirty-five years later I heard about Ray Alden’s search for private recordings which might be lost forever. I sent him my old tape which I had never listened to since the day of my visit with Mr. Boggs. Ray has produced here a wonderful CD of Dock Boggs talking and playing. – Reed Martin

Additional Notes: Dock Boggs and Dock Boggs in Concert 1966

Track List

FRC305 – Dock Boggs

  1. Rueben
  2. Story of Coal Creek March (talk)
  3. Coal Creek March
  4. On Being Selfish (talk)
  5. Intro to Down South Blues (talk)
  6. Down South Blues
  7. Down South Blues (1927 version)
  8. Sweet Willie
  9. Davenport
  10. Intro to Hook and Line (talk)
  11. Hook and Line
  12. Intro to Cumberland Gap (talk)
  13. Cumberland Gap
  14. Intro to Black Bottom Blues (talk)
  15. Black Bottom Blues
  16. Banjo Chimes
  17. Intro to Prayer of a Miner’s Child (talk)
  18. Prayer of a Miner’s Child
  19. Intro to Pretty Polly (talk)
  20. Pretty Polly
  21. Pretty Polly (1927 version)
  22. Intro to Dying Ranger (talk)
  23. Dying Ranger
  24. Intro to Will Sweethearts Know Each There (talk)
  25. Will Sweethearts Know Each There
  26. Will Sweethearts Know Each Other There (1929 version)
  27. Intro to Oh Death (talk)
  28. Oh Death
  29. Banjo Clog
  30. Intro to Sugar Blues (talk)
  31. Sugar Blues