I could write a novel about how much I admire Doc Watson as a person and how I first fell in love with his music, but I will keep it short. Below is a video of me attempting to play Salt Creek as arranged by Doc Watson.
When I was 16 years old my father bought me the homespun instructional video with Doc Watson sharing secrets and Steve Kaufman playing with him and highlighting techniques that made him unique. I still to this day use the VHS I have to improve my guitar playing. Doc’s kind manner, humble attitude, and smokin’ playing has made him a musical icon.
One of the most influential American musicians for any acoustic player. In folk, bluegrass, country, swing, traditional, and beyond his playing and singing has touched many of us already. As well as many more young guns to come who will be lucky enough be turned on to Doc for the first time. His music defines timeless.
I did get to see Doc live once, my father took me to the Variety Playhouse. I knew the songs he played and wanted to go home and practice so one day I could do that. That experience changed my life. My family wishes Doc and his family only the best, because he is the best. No doubt in my mind. His message will forever be received.