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Legendary Folk Artist Doc Watson in Concert


"NPR.org, January 27, 2008 - Hear the legendary flatpicker and singer of traditional folk Doc Watson recorded live in concert from Alexandria, Va.'s Birchmere Music Hall. Watson was joined by banjo player David Holt and Doc's grandson, Richard Watson. Their performance originally webcast live on NPR.org Jan. 27."

Doc was 84 years young when this live webcast aired.

Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) was an American guitar player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music.

Doc Watson was born in Deep Gap, North Carolina. According to Doc on his three CD biographical recording Legacy, he got the nickname "Doc" during a live radio broadcast when the announcer remarked that his given name Arthel was odd and he needed an easy nickname to go by. A fan in the crowd shouted "Call him Doc!" presumably in reference to the Sherlock Holmes sidekick Doctor Watson. The name stuck ever since.

An eye infection caused Doc Watson to lose his vision before his first birthday. Despite this, he was taught by his parents to work hard and care for himself. He attended North Carolina's school for the visually impaired, The Governor Morehead School, in Raleigh NC.

This is some of the best old time flat top picking you will hear and it was recorded live.
Doc Watson in Concert 1-2.mp3, 54.2 MB
Doc Watson in Concert 2-2.mp3, 60.1 MB

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  2. I want to hear some of the Inspector west stuff on my I-Pod (5th Gen) but don't understand how to download via I-Tunes. What format should be chosen, what is meant by 'embed' etc.
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    MP3 is generally the format you may find here; to embed simply means code that will put a player or other material from this page onto your own website.

    I've read there is a drag-n-drop feature in iTunes preferences that allows you to drag and drop MP3 files from Windows to iTunes. You're looking for your iPod to show up as a drive when plugged into your computer.

    Similar to my Blackberry phone, iTunes relies heavily upon properly formated tags (ID3,etc.) so that you can find the files on your iPod once cataloged - otherwise they may show up in an (Unknown), unsorted listing.

    [This should not be quite so complicated, and you'd think if you transferred the file to iPod that you'd be able to access it by the same name as you saw on your computer. This isn't the case, as a tag system "catalogs" audio files as Artist>Album>Title, etc using the contents of the file "tag"]

    Hope this helps?
    ~Dave

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  4. just found ya ,,, love dat ol tyme countrythanks joeeastern shore  va

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