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Self-Taught Folk Music Icon Doc Watson Dies At 89

Doc Watson was considered one of America's greatest musicians — as good a singer as he was a guitarist. Blind from the age of one, Watson taught himself to play primarily by listening to the records in his father's collection and to the other musicians in his North Carolina mountain community.

Doc Watson, Folk Music Icon, Dies At 89

The blind folk musician from North Carolina revolutionized not just how people play guitar but the way people around the world think about mountain music. He was 89 years old.

Why 'Edelweiss' Makes Audra McDonald Think Of Home

What song did you discover through your parents when you were growing up? For Broadway's Porgy and Bess star, a music box changed her world.
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Remembering Guitar Legend Doc Watson

You could say he stood at the crossroads of American Music. Legendary guitarist and folk singer Doc Watson died Tuesday at age 89. We talk about his music and influence.


The Lumineers On World Cafe

The fiery acoustic folk trio plays foot-stomping, open-hearted songs from its self-titled debut.

Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

Masabumi Kikuchi's fully improvised album Sunrise features late, like-minded drummer Paul Motian.