Posted in music on May 30, 2012


Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists, died on Tuesday in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 89.

Mr. Watson, who had been blind since he was a baby, died in a hospital after recently undergoing abdominal surgery, The Associated Press quoted a hospital spokesman as saying. On Thursday his daughter, Nancy Ellen Watson, said he had been hospitalized after falling at his home in Deep Gap, N.C., adding that he did not break any bones but was very ill. [NY Times]

Folk legend Doc Watson, influential guitarist and a figurehead of the 1960s folk revival, passed away yesterday (5/29) at the age of 89. RIP Doc, your influence and legacy will always be remembered.

Check out some videos of Doc Watson below...




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Comments (7)

Ma nhe c ould play. Far better than I can type. The tears they flow

Posted by sad sad sad(!) | May 30, 2012 1:18 AM

Country and bluegrass music are not my cup of tea, but as a guitarist it's hard not to feel the we have suffered a huge loss and that the world is just a little less colorful today as a result.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 7:14 AM

Had the honor and privilege of seeing Doc and Merle perform. Pure and memorable.

Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2012 9:05 AM

Have loved his pickin' perfection and voice as comforting as a bowl of warm grits since I was 18. So glad to be able to hear his music anytime, so sad for his family's great loss. Thank you Doc for sharing your great gifts. You are sittin' on top of the world.

Posted by anon | May 30, 2012 11:25 AM

RIP, Doc.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 6:28 PM

Had the honor and privilege of seeing Doc and Merle perform. Pure and memorable.

Posted by Humphrey | November 6, 2012 7:53 PM

89 that is not bad. he lived a good life.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 1:49 PM

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