He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Details of the year and album honored are shown to the right. For more details on any of the albums listed, click on the links provided. This award honors those who have encouraged the arts in America and offered inspiration to others either through their distinguished achievement, support or patronage.
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Though a cause of death has not been revealed, Watson had undergone colon surgery last week. He was A guitarist renowned for his unique flat-picking and fingerpicking guitar styles, Watson began to gain national notoriety following appearances at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in and
Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was He underwent abdominal surgery while in the hospital and had been in critical condition for several days. Arthel "Doc" Watson's mastery of flatpicking helped make the case for the guitar as a lead instrument in the s and s, when it was often considered a backup for the mandolin, fiddle or banjo. His fast playing could intimidate other musicians, even his own grandson, who performed with him. Richard Watson said in a interview with The Associated Press that his grandfather's playing had a humbling effect on other musicians. Country and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs said Tuesday evening, "An old ancient warrior has gone home. He did his best to carry the old mountain sounds to this generation. He lost his eyesight by the age of 1 when he developed an eye infection that was worsened by a congenital vascular disorder, according to a website for Merlefest, the annual musical gathering named for his late son Merle. He came from a musical family.
Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson is in critical condition Friday at a North Carolina hospital after falling at his home in Deep Gap earlier this week. She said he did not break any bones. The blind singer and guitarist, whose legal first name is Arthel, has won several Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award. He also received the National Medal of the Arts. He's known as a master of the flatpicking style of guitar playing.