Musical palate cleanser: And there never was a horse…

I wasn’t interested in country or bluegrass music until I was blown away hearing Will The Circle Be Unbroken for the first time.  My favorite cut from that album was Doc Watson’s “Tennessee Stud”.

I mention that because I was sorry to learn of Doc’s passing.  The world has lost an incredible flat-picking guitarist.

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9 responses to “Musical palate cleanser: And there never was a horse…

  1. Spike

    Compare that genre with what we have today.

  2. section Z alum

    and just a couple of weeks after earl skruggs died.

  3. Macallanlover

    I was at a cocktail party in the early 90s where Doc Watson was providing the “background” music. He was sitting on a stool and no one was paying attention, or seemed to be aware, of who this was. Had a nice conversation with him and heard him sing Wabash Cannonball for the first time that night. Asked him what album that was on, it has become my favorite version of that country classic. You just know the death of his son was the toughest blow life ever dealt him. Now they are together again, rest in peace Doc….and thanks for the memories.

    • AthensHomerDawg

      My roommate’s dad owned a trucking company. On summer break we all would make the trek every day to Atlanta for work. Pay was great ….12 hour shifts were long and nobody cut the “college boys” any slack. We road tripped to West Georgia College to catch Doc and Wet Willy after work one Friday. I was a zombie the next day but the music was well worth the trip. He influenced a lot of musicians!

  4. Scott W.

    Doc Watson, world’s greatest flat picker and gentleman.

  5. Darrron Rovelll

    NPR had a great audio story about Doc’s passing on All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2012/05/29/153697428/doc-watson-folk-music-icon-dies-at-89?ps=cprs

    I am awful sad about it today because I didn’t make it to MerleFest this year.

  6. shane#1

    Thanks for the videos fellas. I was fortunate enough to see Doc and Merle at the great Southeastern Music Hall in Atlanta. I also had a Circle Album and had the cds until some bastard stole my cd case.

  7. Billy Mumphrey

    I met Doc Watson one morning after a concert when we both ended up staying at the same hotel. He talked to me for about 30 minutes in the lobby and was basically the nicest guy you would ever want to meet. He didn’t talk about music much, but did tell me about shooting the cover for the album “Docabilly”. He said they shut down a couple of streets in Nashville and he got to drive a ’57 Chevy back and forth while they took the pictures. From the way he told the story his career as a musician paid off fully on that day. He was a true joy.