Saturday, May 26, 2012
Doc Watson RIP
Grammy award winning Doc Watson has passed away after undergoing colon surgery this past week. A spokesperson in the Baptist Hospital, Winston Salem, North Carolina reported that Doc's condition remained critical until his passing today (05.29.2012). Doc has won 8 Grammy's including a lifetime achievement award, and a National Heritage Fellowship. He has also received the National Medal of the Arts. In addition, Doc has played at Carnegie Hall and the Lawn of the White house.
Arthel "Doc" Watson's mastery of flatpicking helped make the case for the guitar as a lead instrument in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was often considered a backup for the mandolin, fiddle or banjo. His fast playing could intimidate other musicians, even his own grandson, who performed with him.
He came from a musical family. His father was active in the church choir and played banjo and his mother sang secular and religious songs, according to a statement from Folklore Productions, his management company since 1964.
If you consider yourself a guitar player then you must know or learn about Doc Watson.
Watson, who was born in Deep Gap is blind, is known as a master Travis picking/flat picking style of guitar playing.
We send our prayers and best wishes to Doc and his family during this difficult time.