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RIP Doc Watson (1923 – 2012)

by Bunk X ( 80 Comments › )
Filed under History, Music, OOT, Open thread at June 2nd, 2012 - 11:00 pm

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Doc Watson was one of the most influential guitar pickers of our time, and he passed away 29 May 2012. Struck blind before the age of 1, he overcame his handicap with hard work and earned talent. Here he is with Chet Atkins (d.2001) and a young Leo Kottke. I’m guessing the vid is from the late 70s.

[Personal gripe: Folks who post these vids on the Utoobage should give some detail in the descriptions. Many do, but too many don't.]

And speaking of personal gripes, it’s time for a big ‘ol honkin’ pickin’ & flickin’ Saturday Night edition of The Overnight Open Thread.

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80 Responses to “RIP Doc Watson (1923 – 2012)”
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  1. coldwarrior
    1 | June 2, 2012 11:06 pm

    doc…rip


  2. coldwarrior
    2 | June 2, 2012 11:09 pm

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCgrk_hzP1M


  3. coldwarrior
    3 | June 2, 2012 11:13 pm

    i’d like a blue moon of kentucky…


  4. coldwarrior
    4 | June 2, 2012 11:14 pm

    ok

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOHgQo1sz1g


  5. coldwarrior
    5 | June 2, 2012 11:16 pm

    i’d like a garcia grisman too…


  6. coldwarrior
    6 | June 2, 2012 11:21 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    i’d like a garcia grisman too…

    ok

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGpV7CkSz94


  7. Calo
    7 | June 2, 2012 11:24 pm

    Oh hell, just slide me a drink my way CW.


  8. coldwarrior
    8 | June 2, 2012 11:31 pm

    Calo wrote:

    Oh hell, just slide me a drink my way CW.

    Watchooneed/

    slides a gin and tonic down range


  9. Calo
    10 | June 2, 2012 11:45 pm

    @ coldwarrior:
    Anything but beer and tequila will work.

    OK, I admit I am ignorant.
    What is happening on the political spectrum tonight?


  10. Calo
    11 | June 2, 2012 11:46 pm

    @ Kirly:
    Aaand, Kirly delivers!


  11. coldwarrior
    12 | June 2, 2012 11:48 pm

    Calo wrote:

    @ coldwarrior:
    Anything but beer and tequila will work.
    OK, I admit I am ignorant.
    What is happening on the political spectrum tonight?

    dont care.


  12. coldwarrior
    13 | June 2, 2012 11:48 pm

    Kirly wrote:

    farrakkkhan insanity
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/farrakhan-threatens-cities-demands-black-nation/

    dooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooommm.

    :lol:


  13. coldwarrior
    14 | June 2, 2012 11:50 pm

    Kirly wrote:

    farrakkkhan insanity
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/farrakhan-threatens-cities-demands-black-nation/

    the a-tone…at one…440 beats per second…

    i could break out some farrakhan…


  14. Calo
    15 | June 2, 2012 11:53 pm

    @ coldwarrior:
    I don’t think I ever listen to Farrakhan until tonight.

    WOW! Where the hell have I been?


  15. coldwarrior
    16 | June 2, 2012 11:57 pm

    Calo wrote:

    @ coldwarrior:
    I don’t think I ever listen to Farrakhan until tonight.
    WOW! Where the hell have I been?

    you need the a-tone speech

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkUEN2arG7I

    the greatest farakan ever. ever.


  16. rain of lead
    17 | June 3, 2012 12:04 am

    @ coldwarrior:

    well
    If yer gonna have a bluegrass theme
    then ya gotta have the foggy mtn breakdown
    from the Grand Ole Opry

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuHDy–gWiM&feature=related


  17. rain of lead
    18 | June 3, 2012 12:06 am

    @ rain of lead:

    damn… them boys can PLAY!!!


  18. Calo
    19 | June 3, 2012 12:06 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    :lol:

    There is a reason I go to the Church of Dogs every Sunday.

    Doggie speak makes more sense to me than that man does,


  19. coldwarrior
    20 | June 3, 2012 12:09 am

    Calo wrote:

    @ coldwarrior:

    There is a reason I go to the Church of Dogs every Sunday.
    Doggie speak makes more sense to me than that man does,

    the a-tone speech is the highest farakhan ever. ever,

    and it is only 2 minutes…2


  20. coldwarrior
    21 | June 3, 2012 12:10 am

    iron chef america is really interesting….bye


  21. waldensianspirit
    22 | June 3, 2012 12:13 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    the greatest farakan ever. ever.

    He sure can break it down!

    :mrgreen:


  22. Calo
    23 | June 3, 2012 12:14 am

    @ coldwarrior:
    Night CW

    And, congrats again.


  23. waldensianspirit
    24 | June 3, 2012 12:19 am

    @ rain of lead:
    Send in the ATF! They’re using high quality woods!


  24. The Osprey
    25 | June 3, 2012 12:20 am

    Anyone who thinks Farrakhan and the NOI are a joke needs to read about the “Zebra” murders in California in the 1970′s carried out by the NOI “Death Angels”.

    http://thezebraproject.blogspot.com/?m=1

    http://archive.org/details/Zebra-Clark-Howard


  25. lobo91
    26 | June 3, 2012 12:35 am

    Another great blind (and sadly departed way too young) musician, Jeff Healey:

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikHI7_PMFNc


  26. AZfederalist
    27 | June 3, 2012 12:40 am

    The Osprey wrote:

    Anyone who thinks Farrakhan and the NOI are a joke

    Nope, not a joke. What they may say is uproariously funny, but in a twisted psychotic way. You know that no good can come from those speeches or that world view.


  27. 28 | June 3, 2012 12:57 am

    Kirly wrote:

    farrakkkhan insanity
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/farrakhan-threatens-cities-demands-black-nation/

    It’s up in Special Report.


  28. 29 | June 3, 2012 1:05 am

    @ Rodan:
    cool


  29. Alberta Oil Peon
    30 | June 3, 2012 1:08 am

    @ lobo91:
    I had the good fortune to see Jeff Healey live in a club setting on at least 2 occasions, and got to meet him. He was quite the party animal.

    Looked like Dr. John playing keyboards on the video.


  30. rain of lead
    31 | June 3, 2012 1:08 am

    heh
    giving the girl some lessions in rock and roll
    burned up some ac/dc and noe are on to lynyrd skynrd

    this is fun
    may need some new speakers though


  31. lobo91
    32 | June 3, 2012 1:15 am

    @ Alberta Oil Peon:

    Looked like Dr. John playing keyboards on the video.

    Sure was.


  32. lobo91
    33 | June 3, 2012 1:16 am

    @ rain of lead:

    Jeff Healey and Stevie Ray Vaughan:

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdLCJvoLYe0&feature=related


  33. rain of lead
    34 | June 3, 2012 1:51 am

    damn
    it’s dead jim


  34. lobo91
    35 | June 3, 2012 2:07 am

    @ rain of lead:

    I’m actually teaching a class right now


  35. rain of lead
    36 | June 3, 2012 2:19 am

    @ lobo91:

    cool
    but where is everyone else?


  36. 37 | June 3, 2012 2:52 am

    rain of lead wrote:

    @ lobo91:
    cool
    but where is everyone else?

    Either sleeping (old fogies need their sleep ya know) of off lurking round the intertubes somewhere… :razz:


  37. 38 | June 3, 2012 3:11 am

    It’s been a very bad year so far for fans of Appalachian musical styles. Since we lost them both this year, here’s Doc and Earl in better days…

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUzVUNJKiDc

    BTW, THAT is the only proper setting to here bluegrass, etc. – outdoors, in the mountains.


  38. yenta-fada
    39 | June 3, 2012 3:13 am

    Did I play this before? Insomnia break.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=5YGc4zOqozo


  39. yenta-fada
    40 | June 3, 2012 3:16 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    It’s been a very bad year so far for fans of Appalachian musical styles. Since we lost them both this year, here’s Doc and Earl in better days…

    BTW, THAT is the only proper setting to here bluegrass, etc. — outdoors, in the mountains.

    I love the skill and spirit of bluegrass. Must be amazing to hear outdoors in the mountains. Generally I like music played outdoors. It adds nature to the spell.


  40. yenta-fada
    41 | June 3, 2012 3:18 am

    Does anybody else think that this is a bad name for an bright group of kids who think that they are ultra-cool?

    http://brosephstalin.com/


  41. 42 | June 3, 2012 4:09 am

    Listening (and attempting to play) bluegrass and the predecessor styles of music (a habit I picked up in college) is what eventually led me to classical music. Acoustic strings is acoustic strings, ya know. But it’s considered an odd transition.


  42. 43 | June 3, 2012 4:11 am

    @ Mike C.:

    And listening to bluegrass, etc. eventually led to listening to the even older antecedents, Celtic music.


  43. darkwords
    44 | June 3, 2012 4:29 am

    Day by day cartoon


  44. darkwords
  45. lobo91
    46 | June 3, 2012 5:38 am

    Ribs with a side of sand…yum


  46. 47 | June 3, 2012 6:17 am

    @ lobo91:

    And probably not pork ribs, either…


  47. lobo91
    48 | June 3, 2012 7:05 am

    @ Mike C.:

    No, they were pork ribs. I ate lunch at the dining facility.


  48. RIX
    49 | June 3, 2012 8:25 am

    Good morning. Hmmm, nobody here. I wonder if the
    Obama Regime has rounded up everybody & shipped
    them to reeducation camps?


  49. mawskrat
    50 | June 3, 2012 8:26 am

    Good Mornin All…make it a great day

    RIP Doc you are one of the great ones


  50. RIX
    51 | June 3, 2012 8:45 am

    The Polls in Massachusetts show the Senate race too
    close to call.
    I wonder if Warren is counting on a late Cherokee surge?


  51. lobo91
    52 | June 3, 2012 8:47 am

    RIX wrote:

    Good morning. Hmmm, nobody here. I wonder if the
    Obama Regime has rounded up everybody & shipped
    them to reeducation camps?

    No, but I know a good location for one.

    Day 2 of sandstorm…


  52. RIX
    53 | June 3, 2012 8:51 am

    @ lobo91:

    No, but I know a good location for one.

    Day 2 of sandstorm…

    That sounds miserable. You have to get out of there!


  53. lobo91
    54 | June 3, 2012 8:54 am

    @ RIX:

    I keep expecting Khan to walk in and tell me this is Ceti Alpha V…


  54. 55 | June 3, 2012 8:54 am

    @ RIX:

    Yeah… How about Santa Cruz, Bolivia? Yellow Fever vaccination up to date? OTOH, you can get a beer.


  55. RIX
    56 | June 3, 2012 8:57 am

    The Dems sent Debbie Wassernman Schultze into Wisconsin
    to stump for the recall.
    That woman is like rain at a picnic. The R’s should
    send her on a national tour & pik up the tab.


  56. lobo91
    57 | June 3, 2012 8:58 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    @ RIX:
    Yeah… How about Santa Cruz, Bolivia? Yellow Fever vaccination up to date? OTOH, you can get a beer.

    I’m pretty sure I have every vaccination there is.


  57. RIX
    58 | June 3, 2012 8:59 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    @ RIX:
    Yeah… How about Santa Cruz, Bolivia? Yellow Fever vaccination up to date? OTOH, you can get a beer.

    Well at least you can get a beer. That’s something.


  58. lobo91
    59 | June 3, 2012 9:01 am

    @ RIX:

    And he probably doesn’t have to drive 75 miles through a sandstorm to get home tonight.


  59. RIX
    60 | June 3, 2012 9:04 am

    Back in the day when I was young & single The Combined
    Insurance Companies offered me a job to head up a division
    in Hong Kong. Yeah baby!
    So the contract signing day, they switched it to
    Saudi Arabia! Someone internally posted for Hong Kong.
    Two of my favorite passtimes at the time were drinking &
    wenching.
    Naturally I turned it down saying “They stone people
    there for what I like to do.”


  60. 61 | June 3, 2012 9:05 am

    You don’t get many sandstorms 100 klicks from the Amazon jungle.

    But I have been through my share of humongous sandstorms in the ME and in China…


  61. 62 | June 3, 2012 9:07 am

    @ RIX:

    Just do what the Saudis do – drive over the causeway to Bahrain.


  62. lobo91
    63 | June 3, 2012 9:09 am

    @ RIX:

    Here, they just kick you out of the country.

    They do execute people for drug trafficking, though.


  63. RIX
    64 | June 3, 2012 9:19 am

    Mike C. wrote:

    @ RIX:
    Just do what the Saudis do – drive over the causeway to Bahrain.

    If only I knew that at the time.
    Hong Kong mde perfect sense for a two year posting.
    Saudi Arbia, not so much.


  64. lobo91
    65 | June 3, 2012 9:20 am

    Well, I’ve had enough fun for one day.

    Off to drive through the sand…


  65. RIX
    66 | June 3, 2012 9:20 am

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ RIX:
    Here, they just kick you out of the country.
    They do execute people for drug trafficking, though.

    Execute, huh? Different culture, but way over the top
    imo.


  66. RIX
    67 | June 3, 2012 9:25 am

    We have an Anglophile parish priest, he loves all
    things British.
    He sent a letter direcrtl to the Queen expressing
    his interest in attending the Jubilee ceremonies.
    Fat chance that would work.
    It did work! He got a relpy with VIP passes for
    most of the ceremonies.
    Never know what you can get just for asking.


  67. 68 | June 3, 2012 10:06 am

    @ RIX:
    well, like i always say, ” ‘doesn’t hurt to ask”, and “what’s the worst that could happen? they could say ‘no’ but that’s not the end of the world”.
    yeah, i know, never said it here, did i? that’s just in the meat world.

    oh, and still cranky. stupid torn meniscus. they better do this dang surgery soon! and it better be the quick recovery like they are saying too! how do you make a mad face in here?


  68. Da_Beerfreak
    69 | June 3, 2012 10:15 am

    :_mad_: == :mad: without the under scores. :wink:


  69. 70 | June 3, 2012 10:36 am

    :mad:
    :wink:
    :smile:


  70. 71 | June 3, 2012 10:36 am

    @ Da_Beerfreak:
    thanks!


  71. 72 | June 3, 2012 10:44 am

    It’s official! I’m solidly middle aged. I got a recliner.

    http://www.ekornes.com/us/stressless-recliners/stressless-vision-stressless-dream-stressless-spirit/spirit

    most comfortable chair EVER! just got it delivered friday.


  72. RIX
    73 | June 3, 2012 11:12 am

    Just back from my bike ride.
    Those guys wearing the spandex & the helmets with the rearview
    mirrors pass me a lot.
    But, those little girls with the pink helmets & training
    wheels, I blow their doors off!


  73. RIX
    74 | June 3, 2012 11:14 am

    @ Kirly:
    The recliner is sacred.


  74. coldwarrior
    75 | June 3, 2012 11:21 am

    Kirly wrote:

    It’s official! I’m solidly middle aged. I got a recliner.
    http://www.ekornes.com/us/stressless-recliners/stressless-vision-stressless-dream-stressless-spirit/spirit
    most comfortable chair EVER! just got it delivered friday.

    yep…torn meniscus AND a recliner…

    :lol:


  75. huckfunn
    76 | June 3, 2012 11:22 am

    RIX wrote:

    Just back from my bike ride.
    Those guys wearing the spandex & the helmets with the rearview
    mirrors pass me a lot.
    But, those little girls with the pink helmets & training
    wheels, I blow their doors off!

    That reminds me of a goofy TV commercial from a couple of months back. There’s a guy standing at the top of a hill and cyclists (festooned with their goofy bike hats) are riding down the hill. The guy (with slightly graying hair; maybe mid to late 40′s) says “You know, I used to ride down this hill without a helmet. I took incredible risks those days”. Pathetic. Riding a bike down a hill without a helmet is now considered to be an “incredible risk”. I don’t even know what the ad was for. Maybe Insure or Depends. :roll:


  76. RIX
    77 | June 3, 2012 11:49 am

    @ huckfunn:
    No helmet for me, I wear a Sox ball cap.
    If I fall off & hit my head, my wife will have
    the pleasure of saying,”See I told you”
    Women like that.


  77. huckfunn
    78 | June 3, 2012 11:53 am

    RIX wrote:

    Women like that.

    Nooooooooooo!


  78. RIX
    79 | June 3, 2012 11:56 am

    huckfunn wrote:

    RIX wrote:
    Women like that.
    Nooooooooooo!

    If it happens I will just never admit it.
    That’s it, that’s the ticket.


  79. RIX
    80 | June 3, 2012 12:05 pm

    FNC is covering the Jubilee Celebration for Elizabeth.
    There is a 1,000 boat flotilla on the Thames saluting
    her.
    Very impressive.


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