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Guitarist Arthel 'Doc' Watson

Watson was one of America's premier acoustic folk guitarists. We'll hear two of Watson's appearances on the show: an interview from 1988 and a live convert from 1989. Watson's flat-pick style of playing traditional folk and bluegrass has made his sound one of the most distinctive of any folk artist. In the folk music community, Watson is best known for his part in preserving the traditional ballads and melodies of southern Appalachia. His latest CD, Sittin Here Pickin the Blues, features him and slide guitarist Merle Watson. It's a previously issued recording, remastered, which includes new tracks. (Rebroadcast from March 24, 1988 and Nov. 13, 1989.)

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