Contact Us

Bluegrass Legend Doc Watson Hospitalized, in Critical Condition

Doc Watson
Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Famous flat-picker, singer and folk legend Arthel ‘Doc’ Watson is in critical condition after a fall at his home in Deep Gap, N.C. on Monday. While his daughter said he didn’t break any bones in the accident, it appears he’s suffering from an infection.

Numerous reports indicate Watson is facing pneumonia and a possible kidney infection. “He is a stout man who has lived 89 years with very little sickness and always been quite healthy,” playing partner David Holt tells the Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer. “So we’re hoping.”

The seven-time Grammy winner pioneered an influential style of finger picking that helped transcend the genre in the mid-20th century. For years, he performed with his son Merle, until Merle died in a tractor accident in the fall of 1985. Three years later, the blind bluegrass, country and folk singer created Merlefest to honor his son.

“Hoping that the great bluegrass legend Doc Watson pulls through from from his hospitalization. One of the masters,” comedian and banjo player Steve Martin tweeted. Watson is at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Best of Lonestar 99.5 FM

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Lonestar 99.5 VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Lonestar 99.5 VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.