Arthel “Doc” Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012)

Guitarist Doc Watson died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Hailing from Deep Gap, NC, his impressive flat-picking, deep baritone voice and gift for storytelling captivated audiences around the world. Although he didn’t begin his professional musical career until the age of 40, Watson grew up playing a variety of styles and instruments. His willingness and ability to embrace and interweave a broad spectrum of genres earned him many prestigious accolades, as well as a long list of collaborators and fans.

We look back on Doc Watson’s legacy with a podcast featuring his performance with Jack Lawrence at the 1996 Florida Folk Festival’s Old Marble Stage.

Doc Watson and Jack Lawrence

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Additional recordings of Doc Watson from the Florida Folklife Collection can be found on the CD Look a Yonder Comin’… and in the Florida Folklife Collection database.