Guitar picking master Doc Watson dies in NC at 89

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 12:02 PM

You could hear the mountains of North Carolina in Doc Watson's music. The rush of a mountain stream, the steady creak of a mule in leather harness plowing rows in topsoil and the echoes of sounds made by a vanishing people were an intrinsic part of the folk musician's homespun sound.

It took Watson decades to make a name for himself outside the world of Deep Gap, N.C. Once he did, he ignited the imaginations of countless guitar players who learned the possibilities of the instrument. From the folk revival of the 1960s to the Americana movement of the 21st century, Watson remained a constant source of inspiration and a treasured touchstone before his death Tuesday at age 89.

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