Doc Watson bio published

Blooming Twig Books has published Blind But Now I See, the first comprehensive biography of seminal flatpicking pioneer Doc Watson, written by Kent Gustafson.

The book follows this acoustic music sensation from his time growing up blind in the rural south to his achieving star status on folk and bluegrass festivals, and through the loss of his beloved son Merle and his quiet life of semi-retirement. It includes quotes and remembrances from many of the artists who have worked with or been influenced by Doc, like Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Don Rigsby and many others. Gustafson also interviewed longtime Watson sideman Jack Lawrence for the book.

An excerpt of the book can be read on the Blind But Now I See web site.

We will publish an interview with the author and more information about this long-overdue work shortly.

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