Sunday, June 9, 2019, 7:30 PM
At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre
$15 advance general admission, $20 after May 31
$10 students with ID and youth 18 and under
Doc Watson is an iconic figure in American music, and despite his passing in 2012, his impact is still felt far and wide. This concert by those who performed with Doc and counted him a close friend will be a chance for everyone who loved Doc to share in a celebration of his life and music. On stage playing together for Doc will be his longtime bassist T. Michael Coleman and guitar companion Jack Lawrence, as well as Doc’s good friends, Jeff Little on piano and Wayne Henderson on guitar.
About Doc and the artists
Blind from infancy, Arthel “Doc” Watson (1923-2012) was among the most acclaimed American musicians during the second half of the 20th century, and he remains strongly influential on American roots musicians in the 21st century.
A master of two acoustic guitar styles—flat-picking and finger-style—who could play old-time banjo and harmonica with considerable skill, Watson was also an evocative singer with a resonant baritone voice and an extensive repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs. Enjoying a five-decade performing career and recording acclaimed albums for major as well as independent record labels, Watson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame (in 2000), and he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (in 2004) and the National Medal of Arts (in 1997).
Often performing and recording with other legendary musicians (including Clarence Ashley, Clarence White, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie, and Ricky Skaggs), Watson regularly recorded and toured with a select group of talented musicians, particularly with his guitar-playing son Merle Watson (1949-1986) but also with bassist/singer T. Michael Coleman, guitarist Jack Lawrence, and multi-instrumentalist/singer David Holt.
To celebrate the ongoing influence of Doc Watson, Mountains of Music Homecoming is hosting Remembering Doc, a special concert featuring reminiscences of and musical tributes to Doc Watson from four talented musicians who knew him well: T. Michael Coleman and Jack Lawrence, as well as guitarist/luthier Wayne Henderson and pianist Jeff Little.