Doc Watson was folk music's first virtuoso. When the man from Deep Gap, South Carolina joined the 60's folk revival (actually, it joined him), he was already a folk music legend, known for his pleasing performing style which embraced blues, bluegrass, country and gospel, as well as the music of his own mountain heritage. And there was that virtuosity thing. It was important because Doc's combination of authentic roots and dazzling technique brought new respect to old music at a time when anything rural was often seen as backward. And if you think 45 years of touring was enough for Doc, better check your local listings before you give up on that. Here Doc test-drives a twelve-string at McCabe's in the late 70's.
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