We are deeply saddened to report that the legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter Doc Watson died on Tuesday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He had been hospitalized since suffering a recent fall in his Deep Gap home. He was 89 years old.
Although blind since he was an infant, Arthel Lane Watson almost single-handedly brought his unique flat-picking guitar style into the realm of folk and country music, influencing generations of musicians.
Nippertown fans were fortunate that Doc Watson graced our local stages regularly, most recently at The Egg in Albany in August of 2010. He was, in short, a true American treasure.
Doc Watson obituary at The New York Times
LIVE: Doc Watson @ The Egg, 8/1/10 at Nippertown.com
Doc Watson, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?
Michael Eck’s 2010 interview with Doc Watson at The Times Union