A 2002 concert that brought together bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs will be documented on upcoming CD and DVD releases. Due July 15 via Rounder, "Three Pickers" features
A 2002 concert that brought together bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs will be documented on upcoming CD and DVD releases. Due July 15 via Rounder, "Three Pickers" features the artists performing in December at the RJR Auditorium in Winston-Salem, N.C., an event captured for PBS' "Great Performances" series.
PBS will begin airing the concert July 28 (check local listings). The DVD version features all of the broadcast footage, plus one additional song in Dolby stereo and 5.1 surround sound, and a 22-minute documentary. The audio release will feature 23 tracks, three of which will not appear in the broadcast.
Among the highlights is a trio performance of Bill Monroe's "Feast Here Tonight" that opens the show. Skaggs joins 80-year-old Watson on "What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul," while Scruggs, 79, leads on "Pick Along" and "Foggy Mountain Top."
Acclaimed fiddler Alison Krauss guests on several songs, including "Down in the Valley To Pray." Other classics performed among memorable stories told by the artists include "Soldier's Joy" and "What Is a Home Without Love."
The DVD boasts the bonus performance of "John Hardy." The CD will include bonus performances of "Daybreak Blues" by Doc and Richard Watson, "Doin' My Time" by Scruggs with Family and Friends, and "Ridin' That Midnight Train" by Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder.