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, [...]
Wednesday’s mentalfloss.com 5 Questions quiz: Watson Up, Doc?
In the ever-growing tree of American music, Arthel "Doc" Watson was/is a part of the main body, the trunk... the heart, even. He sprang from the roots, of course, but then branched off and informed so much music that followed.
The first recording of Doc Watson, back in 1941 at a fiddlers’ festival in North Carolina.
The Grim Reaper is gaining speed as he picks off the makers of the music that so impressed us in our impressionable years. In recent weeks Levon Helm of The Band and Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees have passed...
Doc Watson, RIP. It’s been a bad year for roots music. Let’s make sure Ralph Stanley and Del McCoury aren’t ever on the same airplane.
By Richard K. BarryDoc Watson died this week. He was 89. If you know anything about acoustic guitar, you've at least heard of Doc Watson. I don't have a lot of time to write about this incredible talent right now, maybe over the weekend. Show More Summary
The legendary Doc Watson passed away on Tuesday, coming just months after the death of the legendary Earl Scruggs. Both men had such a huge influence on American music that it would be impossible to talk about the development of Folk or … Continue reading ?
I’m not a religious man but I would like to have a word with god. I’d look up at his cloudy beard and steel-blue eyes and say “Stop.” I’m tired of writing posts sending off out legends. Scruggs, Helm and now Watson. Men who’s storied careers shines a glaring light of authenticity and richness on [...]
The legendary musician introduced a lot of people to traditional music. In the bargain, they met a great man, Malcolm Jones writes.
The guitarist Ry Cooder recalls when he first saw Doc Watson perform, in Los Angeles in 1963.
Folk musician Arthel "Doc" Watson, 89, died on Tuesday due to complications from a fall in his home. After losing his sight at a young...