Photos: A look back at Doc Watson May 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Doc Watson In this May 1, 2011 file photo, master flatpicker Doc Watson performs with The Nashville Bluegrass Band during "Spirit of Sunday" during MerleFest in Wilkesboro, N.C. Lauren Carroll Doc Watson File photo -- This is the Journal's only color photo of the father-son duo Doc Watson (left) and Merle Watson. File photo Doc Watson Doc Watson leaves the Cabin Stage after his first appearance at MerleFest 2006. Monte Mitchell Doc Watson Doc Watson plays during the "My Friend Merle" show at the Watson stage on Sunday afternoon during Merle Fest, April 28, 2006. Megan Morr Doc Watson Doc Watson, 81, performs at Merlefest 2004. Ted Richardson Doc Watson Arthel 'Doc' Watson, the legendary folk musician from Deep Gap listens as Kari Makinen of Finland plays a tune that he wrote in honor of Watson called Picking Doc Watson's Way. Watson, was visiting Minton's Music in North Wilkesboro with his grandson and musical partner Richard Watson to pick up some musical equipment while Makinen was pulled into town by Merlefest, the annual American roots music festival at held named in honor of Watson's late son Merle. Jim Sparks Doc Watson Doc Watson performs during the commencement remarks he gave to students during a commencement ceremony at Appalachian State University's Hayes School of Music, May 19, 2002. By Jim Sparks Doc Watson Doc Watson, 79 and blind since childhood, tunes up his guitar in the main room of a log cabin at MerleFest before stepping out onto the front porch to play for a Friday night crowd, April 28, 2002. Ted Richardson Doc Watson Hoyt Combs, left, of Sugar Grove , a long-time friend of Doc Watson, right, helps Watson to the future home of the Doc & Merle Watson Museum. The museum is located in the historic Old Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, NC. June 14, 2000. Chris English Doc Watson Legendary bluegrass guitarist Doc Watson, left, and his grandson, Richard Watson, practice Wednesday March 15, 2000, on the back porch of Watson's home in Deep Gap, N.C. AP Photo Doc Watson Doc Watson, 80, tunes up in the dining room at Avante Nursing and Rehab Center in Wilkesboro on April 24, 2003. Ted Richardson Doc Watson Doc Watson plays to a modest size crowd on the opening day of Merlefest 2001 on the Wilkes Community College campus. Ted Richardson Doc Watson Journal Photo By Chris English -- 07/06/00 -- Doc Watson, smiles as he sits on the front steps of the Historic Old Cove Creek School, which is the home of the Doc & Merle Watson Museum. J 02-12-04, relish 8, E. Bumgardner relish staff writer. Chris English Doc Watson Journal photo by Lauren Carroll -- 04/28/12 -- Bluegrass legend Doc Watson plays his guitar Saturday at MerleFest at Wilkes Community College. Lauren Carroll Doc Watson Journal Photo By Chris English -- 07/06/00 -- Doc Watson, holds his banjo during press conference at the Historic Old Cove Creek School, in Sugar Grove, NC. The Doc & Merle Watson Museum will be housed in the local school. Chris English Doc Watson Doc Watson, plays some music as he sits on the front steps of the Historic Old Cove Creek School, which is the home of the Doc & Merle Watson Museum, July 14, 2000. Chris English Doc Watson Doc Watson (seated) performs at MerleFest at Wilkes Community College, April 28, 2012. Monte Mitchell Doc Watson Doc Watson during an interview at his home in Deep Gap, N.C., March 29, 1987. Charlie Buchanan Doc Watson Doc Watson performs during his last concert for the homeless, October 4, 1990. Stephen Matteson Jr. Doc Watson Doc Watson, folk musician, March 29, 1987. FILE PHOTO Doc Watson Arthel (Doc) Watson with daughter, Nancy, and wife, Rosa Lee, May 24, 1973. File photo Doc Watson Doc Watson musician (left) photo undated. File photo Doc Watson Doc Watson, folk singer. Photo filed 9/1/87. File photo Doc Watson Doc Watson FILE PHOTO Doc Watson In this March 15, 2000 photo, master flatpicker Doc Watson, talks about his long and successful musical career at his home in Deep Gap, N.C. AP Photo Doc Watson Fans trickle in to hear Doc Watson play during the opening day of Merlefest 2001 at the Wilkes Community College campus. Ted Richardson Doc Watson Doc Watson performs at the Merle Watson Memorial Festival. Photo courtesy of Wilkes Community College Doc Watson Richard Watson, left, leads his grandfather Doc Watson, right, (who is blind) to the 'Americana' stage for a bluegrass jam session during the 15th annual MerleFest, Friday, April 26, 2002, on the Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkesboro, N.C. TED RICHARDSON Doc Watson Richard Watson, 36, leads his grandfather, Doc Watson, 80, to a performance at Avante Nursing and Rehab Center in Wilkesboro on Thursday morning for an outreach program on the first day of Merlefest 2003. Ted Richardson Doc Watson The statue of Doc Watson sitting on a bench playing a guitar, on the same street corner in Boone where he used to play for tips, was covered in flowers Wednesday, a day after he died. May 30, 2012. MONTE MITCHELL Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Most Popular Wendy's in Winston-Salem robbed at gunpoint An altercation after the Stadium Stock race at Bowman Gray leads to police detaining a driver. It's another Saturday night at the Madhouse. 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