Doc Watson, despite being blind since childhood, was a bluegrass visionary in all the right ways. He walked the line between centuries-old Appalachian musical traditions—owing to his upbringing in rural North Carolina—and pushing bluegrass forward alongside contemporaries like Clarence White and John Hartford. His guitar picking style is one of the most unmistakable in all of bluegrass, and one of the most oft-imitated.
While his imitators may be many, the recordings on this playlist from artists including Billy Strings, Mike Compton, David Grier, and Tommy Emmanuel show a deep understanding and reverence for Doc and his vast library of classic tunes and songs. Enjoy this playlist of Doc Watson: Then and Now!