The folk music community lost flatpicker Doc Watson two years ago. “Here’s a man who’s carrying the torch of Doc Watson!” is what I though as I spun Bryan Sutton’s brand new release Into My Own (Sugar Hill, April 29 … Continue readi...
The Recording Academy has just added 27 new titles to the Grammy Hall Of Fame. This year three Country legends made the list: Dolly Parton with her classic 1973 hit "Jolene, Kris Kristofferson with his 1970 debut album,and Doc Watson with his self-titled 1964 Vanguard debut album. Full details here.
Two special custom Chevrolet Camaros will do their bit for charity in January following an appearance at the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas. Designed by Jack 'Doc' Watson and inspired by Linda Vaughn, proceeds from each LV-1 Camaro sold at auction will go towards The International Kids Alliance Network--a charity dedicated to exciting teaching...
Where I live in North Carolina, there really is no better event for live rootsy music than the annual Merlefest at the community college in Wilkesboro. The festival was begun by the late Doc Watson, in honor of his son Merle, who died in a tragic tractor accident. Show More Summary
Since his passing in May 2012, celebrated guitarist Doc Watson has been the subject of several tributes chronicling his numerous decades as a musician. One of the most recent is The Definitive Doc Watson, which has compiled thirty-four songs from Watson’s recordings for the Vanguard […]
Doc Watson Morning, D-18 Guitar Picking Kind of Day was written by Peter Rowan and Jerry Faires who, beginning the day after Doc Watson had passed away, collaborated on this sincere tribute to the great guitar player and singer. The song has seen significant radio […]
Jack Lawrence will always be known for his 25 years as accompanist and flatpicking partner to the legendary Doc Watson. Not a bad item to have on your resumé. But Jack was already a noted guitarist when Doc took him on in the early 1980s, [...]
The main stage of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival has felt the tapping toes of many a legend over the last 40 years. From late greats such as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, and Doc Watson, to the talents of today who bring their experiences to the [...]
Sugar Hill Records has announced a a July 16 release for anew compilation project from the late Doc Watson. The Definitive Doc Watson will contain 34 tracks on 2 CDs, covering selections from Watson’s time recording for both the Vanguard and Sugar Hill labels. The Vanguard [...]
This personal remembrance of Doc Watson comes from Jack Lawrence, Doc’s longtime friend, road companion and musical partner. Lawrence worked with Watson from the time Merle Watson passed until Doc retired. His latest recording, Arthel’s Guitar, is recently released. It is hard to believe that [...]
This remembrance of Doc Watson on the first anniversary of his death is a contribution from Kent Gustavson, author of the Watson biography, Blind But Now I See. Kent also serves as editor of Blooming Twig Books, based in Tulsa, OK where he resides, and [...]
Following the loss of both Doc and Rosa Lee Watson in 2012, the organisers of MusicFest, a celebration of Appalachian music and cultural heritage, has chosen to honor them with a change of name for the event, to the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest [...]
Our 2013 MerleFest correspondent, Andy Garrigue, has sent along a number of image galleries from last weekend’s event. First up is Sam Bush, with his band, and in the Doc Watson Tribute set, with a few shots of Chris Smither.
The annual MerleFest bluegrass-heavy music festival took place this past weekend in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This was the first installment of the prestigious event since the passing of founder Doc Watson last May. The Avett Brothers,...Show More Summary
Jack Lawrence has announced the April 12 release of his next album, Arthel’s Guitar, on Little King Records. It’s a mix of vocals and instrumentals featuring the stellar guitar work and vocals of this long-time Doc Watson accompanist. Joining Lawrence are Wayne Benson on mandolin, Curtis Burch on [...]
The Foundation for Bluegrass Music has announced details for their 2014 grant cycle. A total of $10,000 in grants will be awarded this year to honor the memory of pioneers Doug Dillard and Doc Watson. This is a $2000 increase over last year. Programs eligible [...]
Other films in the net's new slate of original documentaries include cult hit "Lunarcy!" and a film about controversial environmentalist Captain Paul Watson. read more
When Doc Watson passed away in May 2012, the world of traditional music lost one of its most beloved figures. Doc had quite a prolific career, recording albums both as a solo artist and with his son Merle, as well as many collaborations with such [...]
A sound collage featuring Whitney Houston, Etta James, Doc Watson and other musicians who died in the past year.
Rosa Lee Watson, wife to Doc Watson for 65 years, died on Thursday (November 22) at the nursing facility where she had been living in North Carolina the past year and a half. She was the mother of Eddy Merle Watson, who died in 1985, [...]