Bluegrass Legend Doc Watson Has Died

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Hugely influential folk and bluegrass guitarist Doc Watson died on Tuesday in North Carolina at age 89; he had recently undergone abdominal surgery. Born Arthel Lane Watson, the blind finger-picking pioneer "elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music," writes the New York Times. There's no shortage of YouTube fodder for you to commemorate the man's excellence with.