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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Moment of silence

For Doc Watson. He was more special than words on this blog could ever tell.

Comments (6)

Wow, sad news. Rest in Peace. I saw him in Portland twice, once with Merle.

I'll dig out the "Doc and the Boys" vinyl tomorrow.


There was nobody quite like Doc. Even his corny jokes were great. I don't know how many times I saw him play, a dozen or so, but I'm ruing every Merle Fest I didn't make in the last few years right now. He was a beautiful man and consummate performer. There's an empty space in the world now that won't be filled again.

You mention the Merlefest named after his son - and fellow picker - who was killed in a tractor accident in 1985...That's the good side of this: 27 years is a long time to carry that pain around.

I saw Doc Watson (with Merle) for the first time at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1984. It was mesmerizing. The audience would not let him off the stage. He came out for three encores before he said "I'm an old man and I'm getting tired". We cheered and clapped for another ten minutes after he finally left the stage. That was 28 years ago.

Thank you Doc, for all the great music over the years. It puts a smile on my face every time I hear your voice or the sound of your guitar.

Amen, Jack.

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