Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Doc Watson: Finger Picking

When we saw him back in the olden days he was playing with his son Merle, named after Merle Travis. His concerts were a bit like musical history lessons, done generally in chronological order - when he learned the song, who sang it, etc. Merle died in a tractor accident in '85, which had to be tough for Doc. He lost his accompanist, his son and his guide eyes in one accident. Now he plays a lot with Merle's son Richard or with Dave Holt. He was 85 years old at the time this was recorded. He has lost half a step and isn't quite as precise as he was, the voice is fading, but most young guitar players would trade skills in a heartbeat.

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