Little Sadie, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Randy Travis

Here is another version of ‘Little Sadie’ – again far superior to Dylan’s perfunctory and off-hand version. This is by the late great Doc Watson:

Dylan’s version seems very close, indeed, to Clarence Ashley’s version. However, while Ashley’s off-hand approach works in his case, in Dylan’s it comes across as something close to indifference to the song:

Will add Doc Watson’s & Bill Monroe’s great version of the ‘The Banks of the Ohio’ here:

Will round this off with another great gospel performance by Randy Travis. This is his remarkable version of ‘Amazing Grace’. There is a case to be made for Travis being the last great ‘pure’ country singer, standing in a line that runs through from Hank williams to Lefty Frizell through to George Jones & him: