Welcome to Doc's Guitar, a site dedicated to the guitar and music of Doc Watson. A master at both flatpicking and fingerstyle guitar, Doc's skills are legendary.
Doc Watson has had a profound influence in traditional, folk and bluegrass music ever since coming to national attention in the early 1960's. His recordings and performances have inspired generations of aspiring guitarists to explore the mysteries of his phenomenal playing.
Here at Doc's Guitar you will find biographical information about Doc, along with a listing of the honors and awards he has received. We also feature a complete discography of Doc's recordings, as well as a bibliography of instruction materials and performance videos.
We also have a search engine that allows you to look up a tune and see a list of Doc's recordings, instruction books and videos where it appears. If you're interested in free tablature of tunes performed by Doc Watson, be sure to visit our tab page.
So sit a spell, have a look around and enjoy yourself!
New Anthology CD: The Definitive Doc Watson
This 2-CD set is an anthology celebrating Doc's best work. It is the first compiliation that features recordings from both his Vanguard Records and Sugar Hill Records years from 1962-2005. It is a wonderful introduction for the uninitiated, or a comprehensive overview for existing fans. The audio quality is superb. The project was mastered at Airshow Mastering and a number of tracks have been enhanced using Plangent processing. All Doc fans will treasure this CD!
New Watson Family Project: Doc Watson Family Milestones
Nancy Watson, Doc Watson's daughter, has just published a project called Doc Watson Family Milestones. It features 94 previously unreleased tracks and 600 family photos. This anthology is a story made up of songs, family history, narrative and photographs over a decade in the making. It is a collection that was created entirely from within the family, with input from Doc himself. Doc's Guitar is a proud sponsor of this project, which has been released on the Open Records label.
NOW AVAILABLE! The Milestones project has been released Click here to learn more.
Three Days With Doc
Take a look at this video done in 1976 for the BBC series "Omnibus." Great footage of Doc and family at home in Deep Gap, NC. Click Here to View Video
Memory Book Page
Doc's passing last year resulted in an outpouring of tributes, memories and sorrow from his fans. We've created a Memory Book to give all Doc Watson fans a way to share their thoughts, feelings and memories.
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|"We Love You, Doc"|
|2012 was a year we will remember in sadness. Doc Watson passed away on May 29, 2012 following surgery, and Doc's wife Rosa Lee passed away on November 22, 2012. They will be missed by friends and family alike. The rich musical legacy Doc has left us is a gift to be treasured. We love you, Doc!|
|•||Hundreds pay respects at Doc's funeral service|
|•||"Live & Pickin'" - a song written as a tribute to Doc|
|•||Press release from Folklore Productions|
|•||Listen to NPR's Fresh Air remembrance of Doc|
|•||Rosa Lee Watson death article in Watauga Democrat|
|•||View and Sign our Memory Book|
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