Guild is saddened to learn of the May 29 passing of the great Doc Watson, 89.
A beloved and widely influential figure in the bluegrass, blues, country, folk and gospel acoustic guitar world, Watson perhaps more than any other artist brought traditional Appalachian mountain music to a worldwide audience with peerless flat-picking and finger-style guitar work, and his warm baritone singing. Over the course of a remarkably prolific and acclaimed career, Watson recorded more than 50 albums, earned seven Grammy awards, received a National Medal of Arts (1997) and a Recording Academy lifetime achievement award (2004).
Born Arthel Lane Watson on March 3, 1923, in Deep Gap, N.C., he was struck blind at age 1 by an untreated eye infection. He developed a love of and talent for playing music during boyhood and received his first guitar at age 13.