Monday Masters: Doc Watson

Father’s Day was kind to me. My wife treated me to Sirius Satellite Radio. So needless to say, I’ve been pretty much immersed in the 120 + channels over the last few days. My favorites so far: Sirius Disorder, Jam On, Back Spin, and Pure Jazz. But I’m just getting going here.

So anyhow, tonight features another legend that was introduced to me through Steve Earle’s music. Steve’s song “Hometown Blues” starts off with his intro: “this here’s a hometown blues with apologies to Thomas Wolfe and Doc Watson.” So I eventually picked up ‘Tennessee Stud’, Doc Watson’s 2003 release. Granted, I have a long way to go in properly exploring Doc’s catalog, but this is a great introduction, in my humble opinion.

Doc was born back in 1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina. Blind at an early age, he learned to finger pick at a school for the blind. His bio’s really interesting, I encourage you to check it out here.

Check out Doc’s version of an old jug band standard…

Doc Watson: Mama Don’t Allow No Music (mp3)

One Comment

  • Wayne

    I hope you have purchased by now Doc’s CD “Down South” by Doc & Merle Watson!

    It is a must have in the Doc Watson Collection in my opinion!

    Merle was influence by Mississippi John Hurt

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