Sunday, May 11, 2014

Doc Watson

Image from Folklore International Artists

In 2012, the iconic blind folk musician Doc Watson died at 89 in North Carolina.  A legendary finger-picker, he sang and accompanied himself on guitar and banjo. One classic was Deep River Blues; another was Windy and Warm, played here in 1991.

A musician from a musical family, Doc was thirty before he started performing at paid gigs, and pushing forty when he was discovered and made his first album in 1960. A year later he was performing in Greenwich Village in New York. Soon after that it was the Newport Folk Festival and Carnegie Hall.

Doc spent time on the road with his musical son Merle, later tragically killed in a tractor accident. After an interval, Doc began to collaborate with his grandson David Holt. Over his career, he produced over fifty albums.

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