Doc Watson, the grammy award-winning guitarist who has influenced and been revered by virtually every great bluegrass flatpicker in the country has died. The 89-year-old musician, who was blind from age 1, had recently undergone abdominal surgery at a hospital in Winston Salem, N.C., but died a few days later. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend had the opportunity to interview Watson on a couple of occasions at various festivals across the country and files this report.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPdgtDocWatsonFinalmixdown.mp3]
The bridge and the road leading to the creek’s entrance on Southeast Hawthorne Road had been closed until six months ago because of construction on State Road 20.