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RIP, Doc Watson

Damn. Doc Watson, one of my favorite musicians, has died. Some have called his music "folk" or "roots" or "Americana." I'd probably call it "mountain music," but the labels don't matter. His virtuoso guitar playing and honest, authentic singing combined to make him a unique grand master of American music. I've worn out and replaced a couple of his albums (you remember the limited life of beloved vinyl). Listen to this if you want your day brightened a little; then you can go find lots more on YouTube.


Posted in: Current events, Music


Wed, 05/30/2012 - 10:40am

It was purely fortuitous, but last night I ordered a CD replacement for my old scratchy vinyl copy of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album. It's nominally by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, but the stars are Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Vassar Clements, all recently deceased.

It's a two-CD set (originally three LPs) and well worth the $18-$25 it will cost you (Amazon is cheapest). Watson performs "Tennessee Stud" and Clements plays "Orange Blossom Special." Scruggs plays just about everything on the discs. Great stuff.