In a Doc Watson music book I have, this song is titled 'Settin' On Top Of The World'. It was originally done by the Mississippi Sheiks and has been covered by many people, including the Grateful Dead. Doc commented that 'I fashioned my arrangements from Frank Hutchinson's The Train That Carried My Girl From Town and Worried Blues; I just worked out a finger-picking version in an open tuning'. (It is open D tuning, capo first fret). If you don't know Doc, consider finding his songs. He is a formidable finger-picker and flat picker, he sings, and plays other instruments such as banjo, blues harp, and mandolin. For a truly remarkable essay on meeting Doc, seeing him play live in later life, and how he interacts with other musicians, read the following article; it is fantastic: http://ekhornbeck.blogspot.com/2005/12/blue-ridge-mountain-blues.html I have done a slideshow video featuring mostly early images of Doc and other bits and pieces, around the same period as this song. Update: Sadly, Doc Watson died on 29 May 2012 following surgery, at the age of 89. R.I.P. Doc. (There were 80,107 views as of 30 May 2012. Prior to Doc's death, this slideshow video received around two and a half thousand hits per month since it was put up in Nov 2009 . In the two days following his death, there were 13,000 hits). Comments are invited.
Molly Tuttle and Billy Strings perform "Sitting On Top Of The World" at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2019 in Oak Hill, NY. Brought to you by Less Than Face Productions. Audio by Bill K.
Doc Watson was a legendary performer who blended his traditional Appalachian musical roots with bluegrass, country, gospel and blues to create a unique style and an expansive repertoire. His flatpicking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced genera¬tions of folk and rock guitarists. SONG TITLES INCLUDE: Shady Grove; Storms On The Ocean; Wabash Cannonball; Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia; Daybreak Blues; Windy And Warm; Black Mountain Rag; Medley: Sheeps in the Meadow/Stony Fork; Beaumont Rag; Keep On The Sunny Side of Life; Monkey Around The Winter; Lost John; How Long Blues; Blue Suede Shoes; Shake Rattle & Roll; Bye Bye Blues; St. James Hospital; A Christmas Lullaby; Lee Highway Blues; Medley: Bill Cheatham/Salt; Deep River Blues; Honey, I'm Worried Now; Moody River; The Riddle Song; When I Lay My Burden Down; Sitting On Top Of The World; Got The Blues, Can't Be Satisfied; Riding On That Midnight Train; Fire Ball Mail; Tennessee Stud; Daniel Prayed For details: https://stefan-grossmans-guitar-workshop.webflow.io/stefan-grossmans-guitar-workshop-online-store#!/Guitar-Artistry-of-Doc-Watson/p/131764715
Sitting on Top of the World guitar arrangement. Learn this acoustic guitar arrangement at http://www.dancholloway.com with video lesson tutorials and guitar tab. Sitting on Top of the World by Mississippi Sheiks (blues guitar song) arranged for acoustic guitar by Dan C. Holloway
Nashville Jam "Sitting on Top of The World" at Music City Roots Live From the Factory on 1.27.2016. Take a look at www.thenashvillejamsco.com for a list of products and recipes!