Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson has died. The 89-year-old folk guitar legend had been hospitalized following a recent fall at his home and had also undergone abdominal surgery. The New York Times had this to say about the pioneering musician:
His mountain music came as a revelation to the folk audience, as did his virtuoso guitar playing. Unlike most country and bluegrass musicians, who thought of the guitar as a secondary instrument for providing rhythmic backup, Mr. Watson executed the kind of flashy, rapid-fire melodies normally played by a fiddle or a banjo.
Read more at the Times.