Doc Watson: A Legendary Music Artist

Doc Watson

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Doc Watson’s songs were inspired by bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel. During his music career, he got Seven Grammy Awards and received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Award. His unique styles in playing guitar and knowledge in traditional American music played an important role in becoming one of the best stars in Country music.

At an early age, he went blind because of an eye infection but that did not hinder him from singing. Instead, he still pursued his dream while listening to music. He was inspired by his parents who performed in the local church choir and sang secular and religious songs.

Country musicians such as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers had an influence on him. The first song he played on his guitar was “When Roses Bloom in Dixieland,” which was first recorded by the Carter family. Furthermore, the first man in country music who became his favorite was Jimmie Rodgers.

Doc was married to Rosa Lee Carlton and had two children named Eddy Merle and Nancy Ellen.

Career

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In 1953, he entered a local country band where he played the electric guitar. Moreover, he also learned to play fiddle tunes by using his electric guitar. He was known for turning a piece of folk music into cultural music. He also began touring as a solo performer.  He performed in Universities and night clubs in Los Angeles.

In 1964, he released his first album and started performing with his son, Merle.

In 1986, he received the North Carolina Award. After 8 years, he then received the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award.

In 2002, High Windy Audio released their album Legacy which features Watson’s interviews and great performances on a Theatre in North Carolina. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

Death

Doc Watson died on May 29, 2012, in Winston Salem, North Carolina due to complications from his abdominal surgery. He was 89 years of age when he died.  He was buried in Merle and Doc Watsons Memorial Cemetery in North Carolina with his wife and son.

To wrap up, he became a well-known country singer and songwriter. He did not only excel at playing his instrument but also the ideas he shared with his colleagues during his tenure.

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