Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Doc, You will be missed. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift of music and song with us. You have been an inspiration for me. Your music has been a large part of my life. From Crawdad Hole to Sing Song Kitty. RIP DOC. Love Raggedy


DOC WATSON PASSES AWAY It is with profound sadness that we announce that Doc Watson passed away on Tuesday, May 29th following surgery last week. Rest in peace, Doc. He said on many occasions he hopes there is a guitar in heaven, I sure hope so Doc.

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”

Doc Watson
From Wikipedia
Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (born March 3, 1923) is an American guitar player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music.
Doc Watson was born in Deep Gap, North Carolina. According to Doc on his three CD biographical recording "Legacy", he got the nickname "Doc" during a live radio broadcast when the announcer remarked that his given name Arthel was odd and he needed an easy nickname to go by. A fan in the crowd shouted "Call him Doc!" presumably in reference to the Sherlock Holmes sidekick Doctor Watson. The name stuck ever since.
An eye infection caused Doc Watson to lose his vision before his first birthday. He attended North Carolina's school for the visually impaired, The Governor Morehead School, in Raleigh NC.
The first song Doc ever learned to play was "When Roses Bloom in Dixieland". His father was so proud that he took Doc to the store and bought him his first guitar, a $12 Stella. Doc proved to be a natural and within months he was busking on local street corners playing Delmore, Louvin and Monroe Brothers' duets alongside his brother Linny. By the time he reached his adult years Doc had become a prolific acoustic and electric guitar player in spite of his handicap.
In 1947, Doc married Rosa Lee Carlton. Rosa Lee is the daughter of popular fiddle player Gaither Carlton.
Doc and Rosa Lee gave birth to two children - Eddy Merle (named after country music legends Eddy Arnold and Merle Travis) in 1949 and Nancy Ellen in 1951.
In 1953, Doc joined the Jack Williams' country and western swing band on electric guitar. He also supported his family as a piano tuner.

In 1960 as the folk boom grew, Doc took the advice of folk musicologist Ralph Rinzler and began playing acoustic guitar and banjo exclusively. That move ignited Doc's career when he played on his first recording, "Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's". He also began to tour as a solo performer at popular clubs that featured folk music and would eventually get his big break earning rave reviews for his performance at the renowned Newport Folk Festival in 1963.

He began playing with his son Merle in 1964 and the pair would perform until 1985 when Merle was tragically killed in a tractor accident.

After the "folk boom" waned during the late 1960s, Doc's career was sustained by his performance of "Tennessee Stud" on the 1972 live album recording Will the Circle Be Unbroken. As popular as ever, Doc and Merle began playing as a trio, with T. Michael Coleman on bass, in 1974. The trio toured the globe during the late seventies and early eighties, recorded nearly fifteen albums between 1973 and 1985, and brought Doc and Merle’s unique blend of acoustic music to millions of new fans.
Doc plays guitar in both flatpicking and fingerpicking style, but is best known for his flatpick work. His guitar playing skills combined with his authenticity as a mountain musician made him a highly influential figure during the folk music revival. He pioneered the fast and flashy bluegrass lead guitar style which has been adopted and extended by others such as Clarence White and Tony Rice. He is also an accomplished banjo player and in the past has accompanied himself on harmonica as well.
Doc played a D-18 model C.F. Martin & Company (aka. "Martin") guitar on his earliest recordings. In 1968 he began a relationship with Gallagher Guitars when he started playing their G-50 model. His first Gallagher, which Doc refers to as "Old Hoss", is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1974, Gallagher created a customized G-50 line to meet Doc's preferred specifications. That Gallagher production model bears the Doc Watson name. In 1991, Gallagher customized a personal cutaway guitar for Doc that he plays to this day and refers to as "Donald" in honor of Gallagher guitar's second generation proprietor and builder, Don Gallagher.

Known also for his distinctive and rich baritone voice, he has over the years developed a vast repertoire of mountain ballads which he learned via the oral tradition of his home area in Deep Gap, North Carolina. His affable manner, humble nature and delightful wit have endeared him to his fans nearly as much as his musical talent has.
In 1986 he received the North Carolina Award and in 2000 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor. In 1997, Doc received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton.

In recent years, Doc has scaled back his touring schedule. However, he still plays various shows around the United States to adoring audiences. As of 2007, he is generally joined on stage by his grandson (Merle's son) Richard, as well as longtime musical partners David Holt or Jack Lawrence. Most recently on June 19th, he was accompanied by Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel at the Bass Preformance Hall.

He is host to the annual MerleFest music festival held every April at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The festival features a vast array of acoustic style music focusing on the folk, bluegrass, blues and old time music genres. It's named in honor of Merle Watson and is one of the most popular acoustic music festivals in the world, drawing over 85,000 music fans each year.
Grammy awards
* 1973 Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording

(Including Traditional Blues): Doc Watson for Then And Now
* 1974 Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording:

Merle Watson & Doc Watson for Two Days In November
* 1979 Best Country Instrumental Performance:
Doc Watson & Merle Watson for Big Sandy/Leather Britches
* 1986 Best Traditional Folk Recording:
Doc Watson for Riding The Midnight Train
* 1990 Best Traditional Folk Recording:
Doc Watson for On Praying Ground
* 2002 Best Traditional Folk Album:
Doc Watson & David Holt for Legacy
* 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award
* 2006 Best Country Instrumental Performance:
Bryan Sutton & Doc Watson for Whiskey Before Breakfast track from Not Too Far From The Tree by Bryan Sutton
Now get ready for some AWESOME VIDEO!!!

And yes you did see "Doc" on this blog before in video #3 HERE

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Four freedoms

The first is freedom of speech and expression, everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of everyone to worship God in his own way, everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want... everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear...anywhere in the world.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ~Winston Churchill

“In memory of those who served, all gave some, some gave all.” ~unknown


In Loving Memory of Ron, We miss you!

Ronald R. Coleman, 75, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at Manor Care Nursing Home. Born March 3, 1929, in Beaver, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Coleman and was a retired Army major. His burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.

I struggle to find the words to express the honor and pride I feel to have had the opportunity to have shared the many years that I had with Ron. They were good years. They are filled with loving memories. You are gone but not forgotten. I am thankful that I was able to express my gratitude for your dedication, honor, duty, and service to our country. I appreciate that you were proud of me for my service as well. We had a bond that I cherish, treasure, and hold close in my heart. I love you man.

Thank you for your generosity.Thank you for loving my mom.
I miss you.
Ron spoke with pride of one day resting in Arlington.
This video is for you buddy.

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed this year on 2007-05-28). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.~ Wikipedia

"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."
~General John Logan

These heroes are dead.
They died for liberty - they died for us.
They are at rest.
They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, and under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines.
They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest.
Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace.
In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.
I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.
~Robert G. Ingersoll

Remember those who died for our freedom.Support our troops!

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