Doc Watson, the most soulful flatpicker who ever lived, has passed away at age 89. His skill was immense, and everything about the man was real. That he died in the same year as that other mountain music deity, and fellow North Carolinian, Earl Scruggs, seems oddly appropriate–almost mythological. Both of them essentially invented the way their instruments are played today. And both of them, by all accounts, were true gentlemen.
As for Doc Watson’s artistry, Guy Clark put it best in Dublin Blues: “I have seen the David, and the Mona Lisa too, and I have heard Doc Watson play Columbus Stockade Blues.”