Doc Watson profile in Washington Post

Doc Watson - photo by Allen Aycock For The Washington PostToday’s (1/27) edition of The Washington Post has a lengthy feature on flatpicking icon and folk music hero Doc Watson.

The article by Post staffer Tim Warren in Greensboro, NC where he interviewed Doc before a concert with David Holt on January 11. Warren reviews the show, and includes a number of personal revelations from Watson, including a question about how much longer he can keep going at age 85.

He locked his blind eyes on his questioner and said finally, quietly, “I haven’t the faintest idea. But I’ll have to sooner or later, because my hands can’t do this much longer. I can’t play like I could 30 or 40 years ago. The speed’s not there and the clarity’s not there. My reflexes are slowing down, and there’s not a thing I can do about it.”

You can read the entire piece online.

HT: Katy Daley

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.