Doc Watson

In some ways music and photography are the same. They both share an artistic expression that appeals to almost everyone.
The good people at MerleFest on Sunday night released a piece about the North Carolina festival, which ended that day. The
No. 3 -- The People. Jerry Douglas, who I believe has yet to miss a MerleFest and is scheduled to headline the Watson Stage
At a festival press conference this afternoon, band members -- Seth and Scott Avett, along with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon -- talked about coming home to their favorite North Carolina barbecue, sustainable farming in Cabarrus County, how they plan to carry on the Watson legacy and what MerleFest means to them.
If you are already a fan of MerleFest, then you can skip to No. 1. For the uninitiated, however, MerleFest is the younger, Eastern cousin of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I discovered this gem of Americana festivals more than a decade ago after I moved to North Carolina from spending nearly a decade out West attending Telluride.
Written after the tragedy of 9/11, Yellowcard's song "Believe" -- from their 1993 breakthrough album Ocean Avenue -- was written as a thank you to first responders in the police, fire department, and other heroes.
I'm only left to report that in one extraordinary week I saw both Clive and Moose Murders and am prepared in both instances to cry, "Murder most foul!" Which was worse? Please don't ask.
Rest in peace, Doug. You are missed but so not forgotten. No matter where I am this year I promise to sing something really proud and loud in your honor.
Thank you for the music, Doc. For putting so much goodness into each song you sang. For all the performances you gave, and the hearts you touched with your voice and your guitar. For all the records you made, and all the painstaking care you took to make them.