1940 to 2010
March 3, 1923 in Deep Gap
May 29, 2012
Deep Gap, North Carolina, United States
US guitarist, singer & songwriter
Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (March 3, 1923, Deep Gap, North Carolina - May 29, 2012, Winston-Salem, North Carolina) was a guitar player, banjo player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. Doc played guitar in both flatpicking and fingerpicking style, but was best known for his flatpick work. His virtuosity combined with his authenticity as a mountain musician made him a highly influential figure during the folk music revival. He pioneered the fast and flashy bluegrass lead guitar style which has been adopted and extended by others such as Clarence White and Tony Rice.