Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Doc Watson, R.I.P.
"Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Levon Helm in the same year is just too, too much."
- Rosanne Cash
You may not realize it, especially if you don't spend much of your time listening to folk music, but Doc Watson was an infuence on just about everyone. He was a pioneer; a musician's musician.
As my friend and one time bandmate John P. put it, "A pillar of my musical world has passed. It was a privilege to have known him. Rest in peace Doc."
My friend JB also shared this:
"Doc played electric guitar in a dance band early in his career. They didn't have a fiddle player so he learned to play the leads on his Les Paul, which got him on the road to his blistering fast flatpicking style. He was Americana long before anybody coined the phrase. I had the pleasure of interviewing Doc Watson a couple of times, in 1988 at the first Merlefest and again in 2001. An amazing musician and a nice man."
Another great loss for the music world.
The two short audio clips were provided by JB. The first is just Doc and his harp. The second is 40 seconds of guitar fire with Doc and Marty Stuart.