I just learned of blind folk singer and guitarist Doc Watson's departure from this world while I was looking at the news.
The 89-year-old blind folk guitar legend, has died after being in critical condition following a fall down at his home in Deep Gap, N.C.—the same town in which he was born.
I saw him performing in a Bluegrass festival in North Carolina a long time ago with his son Merle Watson. I had no idea he was that old.
Doc Watson dies at 89; guitarist and singer
Doc Watson, a master storyteller, was one of the pioneering artists of roots-conscious Americana.
"Doc Watson sort of defined in many ways what Americana has become," Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Assn., told The Times. "He played different styles of American roots music. He played traditional country, he played what would be traditional folk, he played what was traditional bluegrass, he played gospel. All those elements sort of interwoven, that's what Buddy Miller does today.… Nothing is more definitive than Doc Watson's appreciation for a broad spectrum of music in the Americana world."
He has now gone to rejoin Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs in Bluegrass Heaven.
Doc Watson-Deep River Blues
RIP Doc Watson
[Edited 2012-05-30 10:06:20]