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    A great song that Doc recorded but never released;

    But Amsterdam was always good for grieving
    And London never fails to leave me blue
    And Paris never was my kinda town
    So I walked around with the Ft. Worth Blues

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    Man, what a National Treasure Doc was! I miss his humanity, his picking, and his pipes, which never seemed to age except in a good way, like single malt.
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    The first time I heard the song was from Jim Ringer at a little coffeehouse here in Kalamazoo. It was pretty late in the show and it was simply bone chilling! Doc’s version is incredible as much as him playing scales! Treasure is absolutely true! Saw him once with Merle here at a college festival late ‘70’s.
    It was cool!
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    Didn't Del McCoury and the boys record that song? Oh yeah, I just heard that part about killing the sheriff. Now I know they did!
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    Yep, it's on their CD "The Cold Hard Facts" 1996. Of course now that I found it I have to go ahead and listen to it. The whole CD. oh look it's snowing outside! Pour another cup of coffee. Not gonna get much done this morning by the look of things.

    Oh and I love Doc's version. Just like everything Doc did.
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    very nice! is that his grandson Richard playing with him?

    Doc is where I first learned that there was so much more to learn on the guitar than just the chords to country songs, which ultimately led to my falling in love with bluegrass and the mandolin. I was lucky to see him live a handful of times and every one was special.
    Love the Del version of this but hadn't seen this, thanks for sharing. I also just learned Willie Nelson recorded this song and it was banned from radio for the content. Cool!
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    I first heard Doc when all of us midwest city slickers in the late '60s were trying to emulate his flat-picking and fingerpicking from his debut album - especially "Deep River Blues". I saw Doc right before the Circle Album came out, then a post -circle tour with Bill Monroe. After moving to North Carolina, I started seeing Doc every chance I could, including MerleFest for > 20 consecutive years. Every time I saw him, met him, and heard him was a revelation - even during his final years. What a huge talent and inspiration for so many.

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