Doc Watson was a legendary American flat-picking guitarist, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music, who won 7 Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He performed with his son, the multi-instrumentalist Merle Watson, for more than 15 years until Merle's death in 1985. Live recordings from Doc and Merle's 1970's peak period are extremely rare. This exquisitely recorded live concert of Doc and Merle Watson at The Boarding House in San Francisco was recorded on May 2, 1974 by the legendary soundman Owsley Stanley. These performances have not been heard since the night they were played more than 40 years ago and have been preserved and restored to the highest audiophile standards.
1960's counter-culture icon Owsley Stanley, known as Bear to his friends, was an audio innovator who helped create the first high-fidelity concert sound systems for rock and roll. As an early patron and first soundman of the Grateful Dead, he amplified, recorded, and influenced many other seminal artists in the psychedelic music scene of San Francisco and beyond in the '60s and early '70s, and was known for his focus on products of the highest quality. From the start, Bear recorded nearly every artist that played through a sound system that he built, trying to capture the music precisely as the audience heard it, using the recordings to help him improve his sound. The techniques he developed to create what he called his "Sonic Journals" resulted in recordings of unparalleled quality and clarity, capturing the sound of the room like no-one else.
Available on half-speed mastered, double 45 RPM 180g audiophile vinyl mastered directly analog-to-analog by Paul Stubblebine, who worked with Bear on the Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin Sonic Journals album released by Sony in 2012.