Doc Watson Deep River Blues

Doc Watson died this past Tuesday at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center located in Winston-Salem at the age of 89. Watson was hospitalized after a fall in his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

He had been in critical condition for the past few days after abdominal surgery. His use of flat picking eventually led to the guitar becoming a lead instrument in the 1950s and 1960s.

Watson was blind since the age of 1 which meant he learned to hear things differently than other people. His playing of the guitar helped transition the instrument from a backup to fiddles and mandolins to a lead role that attracted younger audiences.

Doc Watson is one of the best folk musicians that took the folk sound and made it appealing to new audiences. He never let his blindness keep him from developing his musical style.