Merle Watson c. 1979
|Birth name||Eddy Merle Watson|
|Also known as||Merle Watson|
|Born||February 8, 1949|
Deep Gap, North Carolina
|Died||October 23, 1985 (aged 36)|
Lenoir, North Carolina
|Genres||Blues, bluegrass, country, folk|
|Associated acts||Doc Watson|
Eddy Merle Watson (February 8, 1949 – October 23, 1985) was an American folk and bluegrass guitarist. 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 21 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.
Watson died in a farm accident in 1985 at age 36. He was driving a tractor to a nearby house when it slipped down an embankment and pinned him beneath it. 
All albums were in collaboration with his father, Doc Watson.
- 1965 – Doc Watson & Son
- 1967 – Ballads from Deep Gap
- 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
- "Best Finger Picking Guitarist-Folk/Blues or Country" Award from Frets Magazine
- Eddy Merle Watson, Bluegrass Guitarist, Accidentally Killed at 36, Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1985
- Merlefest at 21, Doc Watson at 85: Festival Notes, Swampland.com
- 1988 Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, MerleFest
- Doc & Merle Watson, "Bottle of Wine" Chart Position Retrieved January 27, 2014
- "Eddy Merle Watson, Bluegrass Guitarist, Accidentally Killed at 36". LA Times. Los Angeles. October 24, 1985. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
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