Arthel "Doc" Watson, one of the preeminent folk and country guitar players of the 20th Century, would have turned 93 years old on March 3. To celebrate his music, Acoustic Routes is holding a birthday party on March 5.
Top local musicans including Saline High School Choir Teacher Sarah Price, acoustic blues powerhouse duo Shari Kane & Dave Steele, Dobro master Dave Keeney & Friends, Rollie Tussing & The Midwest Territory Band and Jo Serrapere of Stella! will each perform 5-6 songs.
Doc wasn’t a folk purist, so you can expect to hear blues, jazz, bluegrass and gospel too.
Watson, who was born in the mountains of western North Carolina and became blind as an infant, came to national prominence in the early 1960s at seminal events like the Newport Folk Festival. Bob Dylan once compared Watson’s guitar picking style to “water running.” In 1997, President Bill Clinton presented him with the National Medal of Arts at the White House. Click here to see Doc in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8Y6dp3l1BU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VAbrnjdtYw].
The cover change is $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to the musicians. Reservations are highly recommended: call 734-429-0060. Full bar & dinner service available.