Sometimes the glory in being a musician comes not from hit records or playing to stadiums filled with adoring fans. Sometimes the glory of being a musician is just that...being a musician.
Blind since before his first birthday, Doc learned to play the guitar and honed his craft in the 40 years before he would record his first record. Both a flat picker and finger picker, Doc collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Chet Atkins, Ricky Skaggs, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, are legendary. The winner of 3 Grammy Awards, Doc's influence on the modern style of guitar playing is immeasurable.
Here's an interesting mini-documentary on the creation of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" which featured Doc, Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs and others.
Now, let's have a taste of one of the greats...
"Deep River Blues" ...Doc showing us a thing or two
"Rolling in my Sweet Baby's Arms" ...Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs..just great stuff
"Whiskey Before Breakfast" ...Doc won a Grammy for this in 2007 at the age of 84
"I'll Fly Away" ...one month before he died, still on the road.
...and that's how you do it son.
Easy journey Doc.