Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Doc Watson dies at age 89

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Doc Watson died on Tuesday, May 29, at age 89. He had undergone colon surgery last week and was still at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.


The icon and influential guitarist, born Arthel Lane Watson, was a master of both finger-picking and flat-picking styles which helped lead the guitar into the spotlight of folk music. He was the host of the annual MerleFest concerts held in Wilkesboro since 1988 that were a tribute to his son, Merle, who died in 1985.

Doc Watson, who was blind from infancy, earned his nickname at the suggestion of an audience member during a radio broadcast. The North Carolina native, who gained notoriety during the folk music revival of the 1960s, recorded 60 albums over the years and earned seven Grammy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award during his career.

Stay tuned for editor Mark Kemp's tribute to Watson.

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