Dolly has recorded a solo version of "The Last Thing on My Mind" for an upcoming Doc Watson tribute album. The single was released today, February 16, through all digital retailers by FLi Records and Budde Music. Doc Watson would have celebrated his centennial on March 3, and the tribute album, I Am a Pilgrim: Doc Watson at 100, will be released on April 28. Written and orignally recorded by Tom Paxton in 1964, "The Last Thing on My Mind" was Dolly and Porter Wagoner's first duet single in October 1967. Doc Watson recorded the song for his 1966 album, Southbound. Dolly and Doc performed the song together during MerleFest in 2001. In a press release Dolly said, "Doc Watson is everyone’s hero and a great guitar player. Some say he is the absolute best, and I was honored to get to work with him a few times in my career." The album was executive produced by Mitch Greenhill, Matthew Greenhill, and Peer Steinwald.
Take a listen to Dolly's new solo version below, in addition to Tom Paxton's original, Doc Watson's 1966 recording, Porter and Dolly's 1967 duet, and see the video of Dolly and Doc performing the song during a rehearsal for MerleFest in 2001.
View the album's complete track listing below the videos.
I Am a Pilgrim: Doc Watson at 100
FLi / Budde Music
April 28, 2023
Ben Childers is the administrator of The Dolly Parton Discography. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, he grew up taking family vacations to the Smokies and Dollywood. His love for Dolly and her music reached a fanatical level in April 2013. After spending countless hours researching and cataloging Dolly's musical output, he decided to open a website dedicated to her discography.