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  1. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    31 May '12 12:34
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    His son Merle died in 1985 in a tractor accident and had played with Doc for 20 years before he died. Before Doc died, he started playing with Merle's son Richard.

    You can also see a lot more Doc on the side show to the right of the image. A LOT of Doc!

    RIP, a great American.
  2. Subscriber gregsflat
    William Penn's gaze
    01 Jun '12 14:40
    I heard an interview the other day with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, Doc Watson in 1988 talking and performing in the studio at U. of Penn. He said how talented Merle was and mentioned a time when they were performing with Miss. John Hurt, and how much John had an influence on his son and how he looked up to him. Doc also mentioned that he learned a lot of music from his son.

    Just thinking what a great relationship that must have been, how it must have been nice to travel and make music with your son.

    She asked Doc how he was able to pick himself up after that and get back on the road. He said he had a dream that he was stuck in the mud, like quick sand, and his son reached out his arm and pulled him up. Doc took that as a sign to get back out and perform.

    Friend of mine was just traveling to Savanaugh for a graduation, mentioned there was a highway in SC being dedicated as the Dac & Merle Memorial Highway
  3. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    01 Jun '12 16:33
    Originally posted by gregsflat
    I heard an interview the other day with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, Doc Watson in 1988 talking and performing in the studio at U. of Penn. He said how talented Merle was and mentioned a time when they were performing with Miss. John Hurt, and how much John had an influence on his son and how he looked up to him. Doc also mentioned that he learned a lot of ...[text shortened]... duation, mentioned there was a highway in SC being dedicated as the Dac & Merle Memorial Highway
    He deserves whatever honors they bestow. I saw him live at McCabes Guitar shop, where our band Southwind played a half dozen times, saw him at the San Diego Folk Fest too. We played at Appalachian State University, a great school for folk music and met his family who lived near Boone, met Jean Ritchie there too. If I went back to school I think it would be at Appalachian State.

    My wife listened to that broadcast also, hope they have one on TV. My wife wants to get the Chet Atkins/Doc Watson record now I would love to get all of his works, at least a half dozen grammy's, not bad, eh!
  4. Subscriber gregsflat
    William Penn's gaze
    01 Jun '12 21:09
    Your wife would like this one: Earl with Doc & their boys
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  5. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    02 Jun '12 01:46
    Originally posted by gregsflat
    Your wife would like this one: Earl with Doc & their boys
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUzVUNJKiDc
    Yep, we saw that one, and a few more