No. of Recommendations: 2 (link to New York Times obituary)

Doc Watson died last night of complications from colon surgery - he apparently fell at his home late last week and never recovered.

Several years ago Doc was booked to perform at the inaugural Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I bought two tickets the day they went on sale for a concert on Labor Day weekend. My dad and I were excited, and I felt lucky that Doc was coming to Arkansas.

About 3 weeks before the concert my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer and given 6 months or less to live. We were pretty devastated, and Dad considered not going to the show ... but my mom talked him into it. Because it was the inaugural festival, the organizers wanted to put on a show ... the concert was something like 3 hours long. The opening acts could have carried their own show - the Dillards, Cedar Hill, a handful of local bands. And then Doc came out like he did in his later years - at first just him and a guitar, then joined by his grandson Richard, and then joined by his good friend Jack Lawrence. About halfway through, my dad leaned over and said to me "I'm so glad you did this." My grandfather passed away the week after Thanksgiving, and in that dark period of time I consider this day to be a singular bright spot.

Music heals, and I've considered Doc Watson a high healer ever since. Rest well, Doc. We miss you already.

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