RIP, Doc Watson
May 29, 2012 6:37 PM Subscribe
Iconic bluegrass guitarist Doc Watson has died in a Winston-Salem, NC hospital. Arthel "Doc" Watson
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, 89 years old at the time of his death, was one of the greatest traditional, folk and bluegrass guitarists in history. He is credited with popularizing the flatpicking style of guitar, and his involvement with the concerts in New York City, Boston and Newport helped popularize traditional mountain music and bluegrass during the 1960s.
A life-long resident of Deep Gap, North Carolina, Watson lost his eyesight before his first birthday. His son Merle, died on the family farm in a tractor accident in 1985. Rather than retreat from society, Watson embraced it even more fully, creating Merlefest
, one of the first multi-day destination concerts. Watson played at one time or another with every great bluegrass or traditional mountain music star you can think of. Here's an interview
published in American Songwriter magazine.