Mudcat Café message #98920 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11503   Message #98920
Posted By: Angus McSweeney
24-Jul-99 - 06:14 PM
Thread Name: Doc Watson: An appreciation.
Subject: RE: Doc Watson: An appreciation.
I was a teenage kid in 1965, learning to play the guitar off old Kingston Trio records. And then someone (I think it was my older brother) handed me this album called "Southbound" by someone I'd never heard of...Doc Watson. It was an absolute assault on my senses...the combination of voice and guitar PLUS the selection of tunes just blew me away! Up until that moment I thought all good pickin' required fingerpicks (now, I'm not tryin' to start anything here - I still fingerpick all the time) but I suddenly saw just what a flatpick could do - up until then I considered it the pick of choice of the rock 'n rollers who didn't have the talent to handle fingerpicks! Now, I don't look at it that way anymore, but the point is this - Doc Watson stimulated one of the few true epiphany's in my life. He changed the way I looked at playing the guitar forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Doc.