Doc Watson, folk guitar master, dead at 89


AP Watson was also known for Merlefest, an annual gathering of musicians in Wilkesboro named after his son, who died in a tractor accident in 1985. Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by

Doc Watson played the acoustic guitar with such pure precision that Bob Dylan once compared his picking to "water running." The folk-music icon, 89, died Tuesday, after a fall last week at his home in Deep Gap, NC, and subsequent colon surgery.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world,

FILE – In this March 15, 2000 file photo, master flatpicker Doc Watson talks about his long and successful musical career at his home in Deep Gap, NC Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced

Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson was born on March 23, 1923 in the hills of North Carolina. Stony Fork and Deep Gap to be more specific, if you know where.

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