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Posted By: Richie
30-May-12 - 01:14 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Doc Watson 1923 - 2012
Subject: RE: Obit: Doc Watson 1923 - 2012
Here's Doc's version of Matty Groves:

http://bluegrassmessengers.com/matty-groves--doc-watson-nc-1966-recording.aspx

Doc was an excellent fingerpicker. If you listen to Matty Groves you'll find it amazing that he used his thumb and just his index finger- like Merle Travis.

Doc named his son, Merle for Merle Travis, just as Chet named his daughter Merle for Merle Travis.

Not many people know Doc was also a good banjo picker, he played three-finger mountain style like Charlie Poole and Doc Boggs. One time I was back-stage, no one was there, and Doc played Country Blues for me on the banjo- I'm sure Doc Boggs would have been proud.

Richie