Billy Strings Honors Doc Watson With ‘Black Mountain Rag’
“Black Mountain Rag” is a traditional fiddle tune in the bluegrass canon. It would become Doc’s signature song, originally appearing on his 1964 self-titled debut album. The instrumental was also featured on a 2006 compilation of the same name featuring songs Doc recorded with his son Merle Watson, for whom Merlefest is named. Although a traditional bluegrass song, Doc certainly made “Black Mountain Rag” his own, as Billy Strings pointed out in the notes accompanying the video.
“Black Mountain Rag is just a classic fiddle tune!” Strings said. “I love the way Doc used to throw them little chimes in there.”
Watch Billy Strings perform “Black Mountain Rag” below: