We had recently heard the disturbing news that 89 year-old flatpick guitar pioneer and legend Doc Watson was admitted to Wake Forest University’s Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this month, where he had undergone major surgery.
Following Doc’s surgery the prognosis for recovery was good, however we then learned that things had taken a turn for the worse. As Doc struggled to recover from his recent surgery, his family were called to his bedside to say their farewells.
Well the worst has happened, with Doc Watson passing today the bluegrass and music community are left in mourning.
Indeed it has been a very difficult year for the Bluegrass world with the passing of Earl Scruggs earlier this year as well as Doug Dillard earlier this month, and now with
Doc Watson leaving to join that Heavenly Choir that is so often sung of in Bluegrass Gospel music.
Rest in peace Mr Watson, you have brought the joy of your music, and the excitement of the flatpicked guitar to many and have left a legacy that may never be repeated.
The Los Angeles Times has an excellent tribute to Mr Watson on their website.