29 May 2012

Doc Watson

Arthel "Doc" Watson, a walking encyclopedia of mountain music, died today. He was blind and 89 years old. His bio is here. Rest in Peace, Doc, and thanks for the tunes.

I've seen him perform. He was a brilliant guitarist, maybe one the best flat pickers ever. Great chops. Honey tones. Depth of emotion. Respect for traditional American folk musics.

Here's a sampling. Watch. Listen. Learn. Enjoy.

Tonight the angels in heaven are trading in their harps for banjos.


Randal Graves said...

I gotta lobby the PTBs for speakers at the front desk.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thanks for the youtubers!

Prunella Vulgaris said...

Doc was the man. I grew up on a lot of his tunes along with the classic rock.

We got to see him a few years back at the Kent State Folk Festival and he was wonderful and told great stories.