Doc Watson is an iconic figure in American music and despite his passing in 2012, his impact is still felt far and wide. This concert by those who performed with Doc and counted him a close friend will be a chance for everyone who loved Doc to share in a celebration of his life and music. On stage playing together for Doc will be his longtime bassist T. Michael Coleman and guitar companion Jack Lawrence, and Doc’s good friends Jeff Little on piano and Wayne Henderson on guitar.
Pre-concert activities include a gathering at 6:00 pm in the Cube (the Moss Arts Center’s black box theatre) where the performers and the audience members will be able to share memories of Doc. At 5:00 pm, Appalachian music scholar Ted Olson will give a presentation on the forthcoming 4-CD and book celebrating Doc’s career which Ted helped create. Montgomery County JAM will perform from 6:45 to 7:15 pm.
Located on the campus of Virginia Tech, the Moss Arts Center features a state of the art performance hall and visual arts galleries. The Center hosts a full schedule of national and international professional arts programming year round.
ABOUT DOC AND THE ARTISTS
Blind from infancy, Arthel “Doc” Watson (1923-2012) was among the most acclaimed American musicians during the second half of the 20th Century, and he remains strongly influential on American roots musicians in the 21st Century. A master of two acoustic guitar styles—flat-picking and finger-style—who could play old-time banjo and harmonica with considerable skill, Watson was also an evocative singer with a resonant baritone voice and an extensive repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs. Enjoying a five-decade performing career and recording acclaimed albums for major as well as independent record labels, Watson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame (in 2000), and he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (in 2004) and the National Medal of Arts (in 1997). Often performing and recording with other legendary musicians (including Clarence Ashley, Clarence White, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie, and Ricky Skaggs), Watson regularly recorded and toured with a select group of talented musicians, particularly with his guitar-playing son Merle Watson (1949-1986) but also with bassist/singer T. Michael Coleman, guitarist Jack Lawrence, and multi-instrumentalist/singer David Holt. To celebrate the ongoing influence of Doc Watson, Mountains of Music Homecoming is hosting “Remembering Doc,” a special concert featuring reminiscences of and musical tributes to Doc Watson from four talented musicians who knew him well: T. Michael Coleman and Jack Lawrence as well as guitarist/luthier Wayne Henderson and pianist Jeff Little.
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the Appalachian Regional Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, VA Dept of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Food City, Virginia Commission for the Arts, David and Judie Reemsnyder, Dominion Energy, McGuireWoods, LLC., Virginia State Parks and other generous supporters. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at email@example.com or by calling 276-492-2409.