Doc Watson, could make beautiful, acoustic folk music not as a result of luck but created by years of training and an innate, acute sense for sound in the absence of eyesight. Revered in the music world, he is pictured here doing for me what he did best. I drove to his home just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Deep Gap, North Carolina, on assignment for Time magazine. It was a chance to meet a living legend.
I knew he was acclaimed as one of the most influential musicians to make the guitar a lead instrument in bluegrass and other types of music. And I knew of his renowned memory for traditional folk songs and the ability to make them live again. But his sincere demeanor, his quiet and gentle way of fitting his larger-than-life self into the same space with me was humbling. I was his only audience that day as a special favor to me to get his photograph, and his music filled the air with the pure sound of his gift.
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