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Doc Watson - At 100


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Probably influenced more guitar players than can be counted on a few hands and feet. In celebration of his 100th birthday, the album I Am a Pilgrim was recorded, with 15 artists paying their tribute by covering one of Watson's songs.

Last night, a few of those artists, along with Doc's former manager Mitch Greenhill, got together at the Rubin Museum, to talk about Doc, and to play songs from the tribute album. 


Needless to say, it was pretty great. Yasmin Williams, sitting between Bill Frisell and Steve Earle, is holding and playing one of Doc's guitars.  To the right of Bill are Matthew Stevens and Mitch Greenhill. The interviewer, NPR's John Schaefer, is to the far right.

A little bit about Mitch Greenhill: 


As the son of Manny Greenhill, who founded Folklore Productions in 1957, Mitch was exposed to a wealth of music played by musicians who stayed at the family house in Dorchester, including Rev. Gary Davis, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry, and many others. These experiences form the basis for his book Raised by Musical Mavericks.

Yeah, it was pretty great.  A little taste of Doc:

A couple of these people will be at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco at the end of the month.

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