Doc Watson, blind guitarist, 1923-2012

Doc Watson was a guitar player from North Carolina.  He played for many, many years using a style that was all about rhythm and feeling, which people copied from him.  Can you imagine playing the guitar without being able to see?  That’s what Doc Watson could do!  He was blind from the age of one and lived that way until he was 89 years old when he died on May 29.  I’m glad we have some of his music in the library.  Watch Doc play folk, bluegrass and blues music and then reserve some of Doc Watson’s music.

Library CDs
Doc Watson, Best of the Sugar Hill Years
Sittin’ Here Pickin’ the Blues
Columbus Stockade Blues

Three times LuckyIf you like this kind of music, you might enjoy a recently published book, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.  It takes place in North Carolina, the state where Doc Watson grew up and lived.  The story is about a young girl named Mo(Moses) who washed up in the tiny town of Tupelo Landing after a hurricane.  Where she came from is as much a mystery as who murdered ol’ Jesse Tatum.  You can just hear Doc Watson’s folk guitar as you read this southern mystery.

Deep River Blues

East Tennessee Rag & Beaumont Rag

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