Doc Watson is 87 years old, which means two things:
a) He doesn’t pick with the surety and crispness that he once did
b) That really doesn’t matter, ’cause we’re not likely going to get too many more chances to see him play at all
He played the first of his two 50-minute sets at The Egg accompanied by David Holt (banjo/guitar) and electric bassist T. Michael Coleman. After the opening uptempo volley of “Way Downtown,” Holt remarked that Watson had taken his solo to an unfamiliar place – “a kind of Dick Dale solo there.” Now I didn’t hear any particularly surf-like licks, but then again, I haven’t heard Watson play nearly as many times as Holt has, so maybe his ear is a bit more acute in these matters.