|Reviews||Raleigh News &
of Don't Tell Me, I Don't Know: "With Watson singing his trademark
high tenor lead on every song, it's a very fine sound, indeed. The
album is brimming with highlights....the finest traditional music recording
to sprout from the Triangle's fertile fields in many years."...read
the full text!
Charlie Gravel, Old Time Herald review: "The truth is, to do this one justice the bin divider in the CD store would pretty much have to be labeled, "String-Band, Eclectic." Despite the mix of styles, moods and tempoes, Jim manages to stay true to the forms, resulting in a comfortable recording that balances tradition with authentic originality.
"This recording opens with
a rousing and joyful Hank Bradley tune called "Them Beautiful Bottles."
This number features Watson on vocal, guitar, bass and mandolin, Bill Hicks
on fiddle, and Joe Newberry on clawhammer banjo—a high-energy, good-time.
Jim’s singing is high, quirky, and thoroughly engaging, and the song whets
the appetite for the material that follows.
Our thoughts: "With Jim, Mike, Bill, and old-time music, Jim's new CD is like listening to the Original Red Clay Ramblers. What more could possibly need to be said?" ...RCR_fan
celebration concert flyer. Just imagine Jim Watson, Bill Hicks,
Mike Craver, Alice Gerrard, and the Green Level Entertainers in the same
show! Jim made it happen with his CD celebration concert March 27,
1999, St. Bartholomew's Church, Pittsboro, NC.
Be sure to check out the
Perry Deane Young wrote about Jim and all the original Blurs
November 14, 2012