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Doc Watson was a blind American guitarist/singer and folk music pioneer whose unprecedented flat-picking style and interpretations of traditional American songs influenced generations of musicians.
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One of Watson’s most notable contributions to American music was his rapid-fire, flat-picking guitar style, which has influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists. Fellow folk pioneer Bob Dylan once compared Watson’s guitar picking style to “water running,” while the artist himself modestly called it “country pickin.”
Doc Watson died on May 29th, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, following complications from abdominal surgery. He was 89. In addition to his guitar mastery, Watson’s song interpretations and echoes of the Appalachian “mountain” music of his childhood captivated audiences around the world and across generations.
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