As we reported yesterday, legendary flat picker Doc Watson died at age 89 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Watson was an incredibly influential figure in the development of American bluegrass music and touched the lives of many in the music industry. Tributes to Watson have begun appearing on Twitter demonstrating his wide ranging impact. The first tweet, from Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman), includes a link to the Appalachian State University digital collections website where you can stream what is believed to be the first recording made of Watson, picking and singing at age 14.
Doc Watson’s 1st recording as a teen. Rarely heard, sent by former member of Bill Monroe’s band. RIP. http://t.co/BSZlWI0Y
To lose Earl Scruggs, Levon Helm and Doc Watson in one year is just too, too much. http://t.co/0dzzVkLg
R.I.P. Doc Watson
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Ouch. The great bluegrass legend Doc Watson is gone. Check out the song Tennessee Stud to get his essence.
Prayers are with the loved ones of bluegrass legend Doc Watson. May he rest in peace. http://t.co/MX7OUIaJ
We lost a legend today, RIP Doc Watson
One of the great guitar innovators, Doc Watson died today. RIP.
So long, Doc Watson. You’re surely sittin on top of the world.
Our thoughts are with Doc Watson and his family today. We were so honored to share a bill at MerleFest with him just last month.
You could hear the mountains of North Carolina in Doc Watson’s music. The rush of a mountain stream, the… http://t.co/aAkUnwiN
RIP to legend Doc Watson, who I always loved. Here’s us covering “Omie Wise,” some years back, based on his version: http://t.co/UN81Kbji
Another Man Done A Full Go Round: We knew that Doc Watson was in the hospital… I heard about it when I went to I… http://t.co/E8c7SfIV
Doc Watson will be missed by many of us around Hidden Track. Send a tweet to @Hidden_Track and share your thoughts on the truly legendary figure in American history.