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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Somehow I managed to miss the recent death of Doc Watson.

My brother took me to see Doc Watson when he topped the bill (accompanined by Ralph Rinzler) in an afternoon concert at the Manchester Folk Festival in 1965(I think?). (A bill also featuring Cyril Tawney, Dominic Behan, the Ian Campbell Folk Group with Dave Swarbrick, and Phil Ochs on a rare British appearance.) A fabulous guitarist and singer whose contribution to American music was incalculable.

Here is Doc on the first Will The Circle Be Unbroken album, where country rockers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band joined forces with their bluegrass heroes and heroines. One of the truly great albums of popular music (and followed up by two later collaborations).

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