Doc Watson made the wooden box with strings sound like no other before him. He could do it all.
He first received recognition as a traditionalist with his phenomenal flat picking renditions of mountain fiddle tunes like "Black Mountain Rag." This video is from 1991 (that's Jack Lawrence with him) but Doc explains that it was back in the late '50s that he first learned to pick the tune. Interesting to note that he learned it first on a Les Paul electric when he was playing in a rock and roll band!
Doc also recorded some of the contemporary "folk" singers' material from the '60s; this one is "I Can't But Wonder Where I'm Bound" by Tom Paxton.
And here's Doc doing his version of Jimmy Rodgers' "Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia." That's Jack Lawrence on the first run and Doc saves his magic until the second.
Finally, here's Doc with his grandson Richard as they perform the song that seems to get rediscovered with every generation, "House of the Rising Sun."
Rest in peace, Doc Watson. 1923 - 2012.
Another great one gone. I hate to see the old guys go because there is no one that can truely replace them.ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting this, because I had not heard of his death.
Ed, you're right. First Earl Scruggs and now Doc. They both set the bar impossibly high.Delete
A friend sent me an obituary last evening, so I knew. That said... Doc Watson lived a FULL life and left one helluva legacy. Not many among us can claim that.ReplyDelete
Buck, as you say, he did lead a full life. He started humble in Deep Gap, N.C., and traveled the world. Reading his bio on wiki, I was surprised to learn that he was already 30 years old (1953) when he first started playing professionally and that it was the early '60s before he began to be known nationally.Delete