Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton
Cornell University, 1962
Merle Watson and I were both 13 at the time of their visit to Cornell. We had a great time picking into the wee hours Sat. night. On Sunday morning Doc Watson provided us with one of my greatest memories as he gave a mini concert in our living room...playing my guitar (a Guild D-40 that I still play).
About doc & the show
In October 1962 Doc Watson, his son Merle Watson, and Doc's father-in-law, Gaither Carlton journeyed to Ithaca, New York at the behest of the Cornell University Folk Song Society.
My Family had the pleasure of hosting Doc Watson and his family during their visit to Cornell. docs-roadhouse-radio is named in honor of this remarkable gentleman and musician and his formidable influence on my musical directions.
streaming live, every Wednesday from 6-8 pm Mtn. time @ ksjd.org
The sound of the pedal steel and a well-played 'tele' drew me to country & swing from the late 70's through the 80's. I then became interested in artists like Emmylou Harris, Chris Hillman, George Strait, and Lyle Lovett, along with the Bakersfield sounds of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, and classic country artists like Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Bob Wills, Johnny Gimble, Asleep at the Wheel, and many more...
I was very fortunate to grow up in a town like Ithaca, N.Y., where the music and cultural draw was tremendous due to a University, a College, and a stone's throw from NY City and, Greenwich Village...in the sixties.
To say I was a child of the sixties would be an understatement. My musical influences came across generations and across the Country, from Texas to the Eastern Hills of Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, from folks like Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and Woody Guthrie, to Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and others whose music influenced generations from the 40's and into the next century.
"From the time that I first picked up a 5-string banjo at age 11 (a long time ago), I became immersed in folk and bluegrass music. Doc Watson, Flatt & Scruggs, and Bill Monroe, were among my earliest musical influences...along with other folk singer/songwriters of the era such as; Bob Dylan The Limelighters, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, Ian & Sylvia, and Gordon Lightfoot, to name just a few. Simultaneously, came the emergence of real rock and roll. From the Big Bopper to the Beach Boys, the Rock n' Roll and R&B scene was happening in the U.S. of A, paving the way for "the British invasion"... and the rest is actually history.