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What a terrible, terrible season

Doc Watson is gone.

What a terrible Spring this has been. Earl and then Doc – my two greatest instrumental heroes. Did you know, despite being North Carolina boys, the two didn’t meet until long after they were famous?

We’ll start a new Pool Friday, and hope for someone well and truly
rotten to go this time.

I’m going to have Deep River Blues stuck in my head all day.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 30, 2012, 12:39 pm

Doc Watson had this record when he was a boy. It was a guitar duet.

Comment from yippee mcskittles bear mcsandman
Time: May 30, 2012, 1:20 pm

I told you about it yesterday evening, Stoaty. I heard about it pretty quick, seeing as he was from NC. I’m still here, in the mtns., maybe an hour from Blowing Rock and Boone.

Gonna miss these two. Earl and Doc: gone.

Already been a bitter spring. why couldn’t it be Leanne Rimes or Billy Ray Virus and not the classic, classy acts?

Life is strange…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 30, 2012, 1:39 pm

I was thinking about Blowing Rock the other day, Sandy. I love that old image of the indian blowing back onto the rock, that awful thing they used to put on all the tourist tat.

Do you think I can find an example? No. But here’s the template.

Comment from Dan Patterson
Time: May 30, 2012, 2:03 pm

Doc was a gentleman, and plied his art with style, grace, and dignity. At local shows he would often chide the audience for being too loud – “I’ll play when y’all are ready to listen”. Sad to have lost him, but happy that we were able to experience his gifts.

Sandy and I are neighbors of sorts, so allow me to urge other local types to support live music in the area and help spread the word.

Comment from yippee mcskittles bear mcsandman
Time: May 30, 2012, 3:05 pm

Even at this date, the loss of the best acoustic flat-picker in Doc, and the loss of the finger-roll King, Earl, makes me remember the old saw: “The Good Ones die and make room for the not so good ones.”

Some truth in that.


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: May 30, 2012, 3:18 pm

DAYUM….just dayum.

Not that there aren’t decent pickers about, they be out there. Just not the southern gentlemen that were Doc and Earl, not with the soulful and seemingly easy mastery of their instruments.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: May 30, 2012, 5:57 pm

He and Chickie had a store in Wheeling, right across from Jamboree USA. I bought my first cowboy hat from him.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 30, 2012, 6:13 pm

Shady Grove is in my head.

Another great is gone. We’re all less for it.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: May 30, 2012, 6:56 pm

DOH!!! At this rate, I’ll NEVER get any dick….


Queue homoerotic gaffe music….. LOL

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 30, 2012, 7:20 pm

I saw Doc Watson live in the 70s (not sure when in the 70s ’cause of the alcohol) at The Cellar Door in Washington, DC, a small room if there ever was one. I think the admission was $10 and a two drink minimum but I could be wrong about both of those… ’cause of the alcohol, you know. Anyway, I DO know that he was a legend, even back then and Merle helped him to the stage and played with him, of course.
I’ve also spent weekends at Union Grove, when we slept in a barn across the road from the school and the alcohol flowed like water. Union Grove is not too far from Wilkesboro, an easy drive. I loved bluegrass and fiddle playin’.
Good thing I stopped drinkin’ ’cause now I can remember some these things.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 30, 2012, 8:09 pm

Awesome. Doc explains how to play Deep River Blues.

Comment from Nina
Time: May 30, 2012, 8:33 pm

Dan Rather says that Hugo is near the end, so maybe I’ll get me some dick yet.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 30, 2012, 8:38 pm

Gotta turn up on Friday and pinch him quick.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 30, 2012, 8:51 pm

It’s probably that Natalie Maines dildo-smuggler who’s killin’ off all the good guys.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: May 30, 2012, 9:32 pm

Has anyone else noticed that the Minions Of Weasel are getting damned good at picking who’s gonna die soon?

I mean, a few years ago it was months between dickings. But nowadays someone gets dicked almost every week.

Seems almost unnatural to me.

Comment from huerfano
Time: May 30, 2012, 10:24 pm

I saw Doc many years ago at a bluegrass festival in Telluride. He was a great musician and absolutely a class act.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 30, 2012, 11:02 pm

How about walkin’ boss or Columbus Stockade Blues? His version of Tennessee Stud was phenomenal too.

For every Doc Watson that dies I wish a Grammies Night full of modern artists would. A meteor. MTV awards collapses and burns. Anything.

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 30, 2012, 11:37 pm

Was he killed by a drone strike?

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 31, 2012, 1:00 am

And the jokes. The one about the baptist minister who lost his bicycle. The one about the socks. The one about the Quaker’s cow. . .

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: May 31, 2012, 1:06 am

You pathetic POS…Revel in your soul sick life now. Y’all got a big surprise waiting when you pass through the veil and you are confronted with the fact that:

You don’t have a soul…You are a soul. You “have” a body.” –C.S. Lewis

Science is not the answer, ol’ son. It is simply a tool.

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: May 31, 2012, 1:15 am

A classy picker and a classy soul. The yahoos that frequent the stages today, can’t hold a candle to Doc and Earl.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: May 31, 2012, 1:17 am

@Sven – Oceania can’t help himself. His last girlfriend gave him a FLAMING case of Scrapie, and he hasn’t been the same since….

Comment from Mike C.
Time: May 31, 2012, 8:42 am

There are pickers out there technically as good (or in a very few cases, maybe better) than Doc and Earl. But they can’t have the impact Doc and Earl had on music because Doc and Earl already did that.

Never saw either one perform live. Have been to Union Grove and Galax, though, back in the day.

And Oceania? If you have nothing to say on the subject, try just shutting up.

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: May 31, 2012, 11:20 am

Jim Unger, creator of the comic “Herman” has passed on. Rest in peace, Jim.

Herman creator Jim Unger dies in his sleep

Comment from steve
Time: May 31, 2012, 1:27 pm

Jorma Kaukonen is an amazing artist in the mold of a Doc Watson.

Every few years Hot Tuna plays somewhere nearby to where I live and I get to see him….

At a show few years back they started out as acoustic Hot Tuna, and were excellent. The second set they came out and did electric Hot Tuna and brought the place down.

He and Jack Casaday have been playing together now for over 50 years!

As far as today’s Grammy awards….I couldn’t name one of today’s contentants on a bet, and wouldn’t recognize their songs if I heard them….

I think I might be getting old….

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: May 31, 2012, 3:12 pm

I think I’m getting old too.

That was Doc Williams who had the store.

I apologize for the brain-fart.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 31, 2012, 7:24 pm


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 31, 2012, 7:36 pm

Oh, right. It’s still fucking Thursday.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: May 31, 2012, 9:43 pm

And now, “A Day In New Zealand”, starring Oceania….. 😉


Comment from JC
Time: May 31, 2012, 10:26 pm

“…the best acoustic flat-picker”. Ahhh, fingerpicker, aksewally

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 31, 2012, 11:04 pm

Both, JC.

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