Arthel Lane Watson March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012

 "A long steel rail and short rail tie are gonna carry me home..."

 It was in the early '70s that I remember hearing Doc Watson singing "The Streamlined Cannonball" on one of the music shows on WFMT in Chicago - for whatever reason I employed it as a pacing tool when I ran Cross-Country in high school - it still pops into my mind every so often

I don't recall ever not stopping to listen whenever I heard him on the radio

Shortly after I began the Eastside Sound (Every Other Monday 2 to 4), I was poking around in the piles of tapes in the back of the Music Library and came across two reels, recorded by an unknown KBOO volunteer, of  a concert Doc and his son Merle played at Reed College in 1971

I knew that it was more than coincidence when I realized that the February 14, 2011 Eastside Sound would be forty years to the day of that "happening", so I decided to play the show in its entirety, complete and unabridged

We all know (or should) that we are born, we live and then we die - if we are fortunate we can have a positive influence on those around us whether we ever meet or not - I am very thankful that I was able to enjoy what ol' Doc put out there for all to hear, and that I was able to share something special with the KBOO community

You can listen to the Reed College show at

Thanks for listening to, and supporting YOUR community's radio - KBOO

Happy trails




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