“A legend recording a legend” – T. Michael Coleman, Bass

The Owsley Stanley Foundation is pleased to present an audiophile release of incendiary performances by the incomparable Doc and Merle Watson, from Bear’s Sonic Journals -Owsley’s storied trove of live concert recordings.

Available in both digital-to-digital and analog-to-analog separately mastered versions (CD, Downloads, 180g 45-RPM Vinyl, Reel-to-Reel Tape).

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Bear’s Sonic Journals Presents:

Never The Same Way Once

These performances have not been heard since the nights they were played more than 40 years ago !  Professionally recorded by Owsley in 1974, and mastered using today’s most cutting edge technologies, they are exquisite.

7 CDs of music containing:

4 nights of live music

94 tracks reflecting a broad cross-section of musical forms, including bluegrass, blues, folk, country, swing jazz, and rockabilly, among others.

1st ever box set of live concert recordings from Doc & Merle Watson

1st release of Bear’s Sonic Journals from the Owsley Stanley Foundation

Several rare songs Doc Watson never recorded live

16 page booklet containing:

The only known contemporaneous photographs of Doc & Merle Watson

Photos of “Old Hoss”, the Gallagher guitar Doc played from 1968 until the end of this tour in 1974

In depth interview with bassist T. Michael Coleman

An original essay by David Holt, 4-time Grammy winner and longtime Doc collaborator

Original cover art by Mike DuBois based on a drawing by Owsley’s son, Starfinder

About The Owsley Stanley Foundation

The Owsley Stanley Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of “Bear’s Sonic Journals,” Owsley’s archive of more than 1,300 live concert soundboard recordings from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including recordings by Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, and more than 80 other artists across nearly every musical idiom. These analog reel-to-reel recordings are nearing the end of their expected shelf lives and will deteriorate and be lost forever if they are not preserved. The effort to preserve these historically vital recordings is estimated to cost between $300,000 – $400,000. All donations and proceeds from the development of the recordings flow back into the effort to preserve more of Bear’s Sonic Journals and perpetuate Owsley’s legacy, including patronage of the arts in all of its forms. Our staff is entirely comprised of volunteers, and many of the support services necessary to run the organization have been donated by generous contributors that believe in the mission to save this music before it is lost forever.

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The "Save The Music!" campaign seeks to raise money to enable the digitization, preservation, and release of Bear's Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era. Donations are much appreciated, and are in fact essential to our ability to preserve and release future recordings!

You can donate via our secure form, or send checks made out to the Owsley Stanley Foundation to: Owsley Stanley Foundation PO Box 625 Occidental, Ca 95465. We were officially granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status by the IRS in December 2012. All donations to the Owsley Stanley Foundation are fully tax deductible.

Project Sponsorship:
For a donation of $500 or more, you can sponsor the production of a release of Bear's Sonic Journals, we usually have about 10 projects or so in the works, and your contribution goes toward the mastering of the music, original cover art, liner notes and related research, booklet design, and manufacturing costs. You will receive a liner notes credit in the OSF release of the project you sponsored.


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