Song Two - - Doc Watson

You're back? Nice. 

So following Song One, Buddy Holly's "Dearest" from the 1950s, let's move to the 1960s. Doc Watson was an American treasure, who died in 2012 at the age of 89. Born in Deep Gap, North Carolina, in 1924, Doc went blind at age one following an eye infection. But that didn't stop him from becoming one of the world's best guitar and bango players. His career took off after a memorable performance at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. I saw him perform with his son Merle (who died tragically in 1985 in a tractor accident) in Madison, Wisconsin, in the mid 1970s. It was my introduction to real blue grass. And what an introduction is was.

So here is Song Two: "Way Downtown," by Doc Watson at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. 

 

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  • Dave Jablow
    Dave Jablow
    A nice one. These are not only providing new music but an exceptional history lesson. I really was most impressed by the harmony portions. Good finger work on the banjo as well. Looking forward to moving through these from you.

    A nice one. These are not only providing new music but an exceptional history lesson. I really was most impressed by the harmony portions. Good finger work on the banjo as well. Looking forward to moving through these from you.

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