Merle Watson c. 1979
|Birth name||Eddy Merle Watson|
|Also known as||Merle Watson|
February 8, 1949|
Deep Gap, North Carolina
|Died||October 23, 1985
Lenoir, North Carolina
|Genres||Blues, bluegrass, country, folk|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, banjo|
|Associated acts||Doc Watson|
Eddy Merle Watson (February 8, 1949 - October 10, 1985) was an American guitarist and folk singer. He was best known for his performances with his father, Doc Watson. Merle played and recorded albums together with his father from age 15 until his death in a tractor accident 20 years later. Merle was widely recognized as one of the best flat-picking and slide guitarists of his generation. MerleFest, one of the world's largest and most-prestigious folk music festivals, is held annually in Wilkesboro, NC and is named in his honor.
All albums were in collaboration with his father, Doc Watson.
- 1965 - Doc Watson & Son
- 1971 - Doc Watson on Stage
- 1972 - The Elementary Doctor Watson!
- 1973 - Then and Now
- 1974 - Two Days in November
- 1976 - Doc and the Boys
- 1977 - Lonesome Road
- 1978 - Look Away!
- 1981 - Red Rocking Chair
- 1983 - Doc and Merle Watson's Guitar Album
- 1984 - Down South
- 1985 - Pickin' the Blues
Awards and honors
1974 Grammy for Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording: Merle Watson & Doc Watson for Two Days In November
1979 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance: Doc Watson & Merle Watson for Big Sandy/Leather Britches
1985 "Best Finger Picking Guitarist-Folk/Blues or Country" Award from Frets Magazine
- Doc & Merle Watson, "Bottle of Wine" Chart Position Retrieved January 27, 2014
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