Doc Watson Has Died

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Shrink, May 30, 2012.

  1. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I don't know if there are enough folks old enough, or with catholic enough musical taste, to know who Doc Watson was.

    For those who do, this is a loss to the music world, no matter one's taste. He was an incredible musician, and demonstrated a flat picking style of such virtuosity it was seldom matched. Listening to him play always brought a smile and a feeling of amazement at his skills.

    Also, having briefly met him MANY years ago, he seemed a genuinely nice person.

  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Very sad, the Dobro style is real roots blues....Very few can play that way now...He must have had a darned good long life though...
  3. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    For those who don't know about Doc Watson, here are a few non-Wiki links.

    NPR Remembers Doc Watson. Click the Listen Now link for the Fresh Air Audio.

    Doc's Guitar: In Memorium

    In 1969-70 I was a photography major at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. One of my friends did booking for a club called The Cavern, which was really just a cafeteria with a sound stage added on weekends. I helped out and ran sound. One of the acts we had was Doc Watson and I had the pleasure of meeting him. His flat-pick guitar work was the best I have ever heard. He was a true gentleman who cared about all the people he met. He will be missed by all the bluegrass community.

  4. Shrink thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Thanks for the links...:D
  5. jukeofurl, May 30, 2012
    Last edited: May 30, 2012

    jukeofurl macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2011
    Doc Watson

    A long long time ago in the late 60's, a friend gave me a sampler LP. One of the tracks featured Doc & his son Merle. As a very new, young(and mediocre) electric guitar player, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't my thing. Just a few years later, having moved over to 6 string acoustic, I found that record. When it struck me Doc Watson was also blind, and after my jaw got back to its normal place, I thought -I'll never be able to play like that....

    I never met Doc, but while I was a radio disc jockey & music director at the world's first 24/7 Bluegrass format in Virginia, I learned Merle had died. Since they weren't technically bluegrass or really any one genre, we didn't have much on hand (my album was long gone). There was however, enough tracks to do a decent tribute set. As I listened to that flat picking of Doc's, I again thought -I'll never be able to play like that.... I was right.:cool:

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