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I HE MICHIGAN DAILY
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By GLORIA JANE SMITH
Doc' Watson and his son Mere.
Now, there's a couple of fellas
who can teach you in a minute
what a gee-tar's s'pozed to sound
like. Or better yet, you can join
them tonight for an entire eve-
ning at King Pleasure as they
complete a three-night engage-
ment in Ann Arbor.
Doc says the music is "what
we feel, what we think they'd1 en-
joy." It's a potpourri of old time
country bl'ies that can find them
both a little "quick and devilish"
with the tune "Momma Don't
Want That Music Played Around
Here," or Doc picking Travis-
style with Merle backing him up
with some flat picking on "Deep
River Blues," or Doc yodeling
on Jimmy Rodgers' "He's in the
During the gaps between songs,
the blind musician fills in string-
adjusting time with anecdotes in
a real down-home friendly fash-
ion. "I can't put on an act," he
explained when we talked be-
tween sets. "I guess I'm not a
very good trouper, but I guess
that's the way it is. Friendliness
is not an act."
Not on stage and not back-
stage, where he shook hands and
smiled to a handful of admireis
who managed their way in his
room . . . a young chap with a
camera who explained "I'm just
a fan of yours" (Doc said, ok,
take a picture) . . . a classical
French horn player who told Doc
how impressed he was with his
genious and genuineness (D o c
said, son, you say things to make
a country boy cry) . . . and a
bamboo flute maker who pre-
sented Doc with a gift of one of
his hand-made instruments.
Born in North Carolina over
fifty years ago, Doc has lived
there all of his life. "Why move
away from the place I love? I
love the countryside." He leaves
the open country of Deep Gap
often enough as it is. "Cities are
too rushed, have too many strang-
ers. A city can be a very lonely
place. I'd rather ba a' home
than on the road. I guess Pm old
But then, he'd rather play mu-
sic than do anything else - even
if it does mean extensive travel.
Music has been a part of his life
for as long as he can remember.
In school, he was expose] to
classical music in ntsx c apprec-
iation classes. His father played
harmonica and his mother knew
"all the ballads."
As a young child, he found a
harmonica in his stocking every
Christmas. At the age of thir-
teen, his father bought him his
first guitar. "Daddy showed me
a guitar one day and said if I'd
learn how to play a tune on that
thing, then he'd buy me one.
What Daddy didn't know, was
that I'd already learned a few
chords at school. He 9onght me
a twelve dollar Stelb. It play-
ed like a wire fence."
He began to pick up the thum-
strum of Maybelle Carter and
then that of Jimmy Rogers. T-
day he's mastered a skilled styI
of his own.
Professional performing didn't
become a reality for Doe dWt-
son until he was in his late thr-
ties. His income (gleaned from
such tasks as piano tuning) wa
subsidized at that time by St
funds for the handicaoped. It
was the "desire to be indenend-
ent from charity" that hoi-ed
him up on stage at Wabash Col-
lege in- Indiana for his f i, s t
"At the time, I didn't think
there was any market for old
time music and I didn't think I
was that good of .a musician,"
Doc explained. Time has proven
him wrong on both counts.
Two years later, he was joined
by Merle for their debut togeth-
er at the 1968 Berkley festival.
On stage, he took with him a
nickname that he'd had ever
since he was nineteen. "T h a t
summer, I was working on a
short handle radio station," he
remembers. "Everyone thought
'Doc' was a good radio name, and
it's stuck ever since."
As for lifestyle, Doc says he
doesn't enjoy the "carousing and
other things that go with music.'
Occasionally, he'll have a glass
of wine with dinner. In his spare
time, he likes to tinker around
the house. "For example," he
explained, "the other day I split
firewood and then I oiled the lock
in the bathroom door, and then
. . . I put a new trap in the
He enjoys the music of contem-
poraries Pery Como, Glen Camp-
bell, Bill Withers and C a r o 1 e
King. "I love classical, too," he
added. "The Moody Blues, espec-
ially their work with the London
Symphony, are one of my fav-
orites." The list of old time fav-
orites, like Skit Ashley and Jim-
mie Rogers, is endless.
Doc and Merle are now re-
cording artists and appear in
clubs throughout the States, from
one coast to the other. Rarely,
do they tour abroad. In 1968,
they performed in Africa as part
of a cultural exchange program.
"It was like boot camp in the
Army," Doc remembers.
Doc Watson, a genuinely whole-
some and impressively talented
musician, joined by the fine ac-
companiment of Merle Watson:
an experience that shouldn't be
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