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Doc Watson dies at 89; guitarist and singer

Doc Watson dies at 89; guitarist and singer

In 1962, Doc Watson and some of his musician neighbors set out from their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the journey of a lifetime, to perform at the Ash Grove folk club in Los Angeles.

"I remember the first trip we did," Watson said in a 2008 interview. "We borrowed a little station wagon from the late Clarence Ashley's son and drove to California and back, and I remember thinking, 'Lord, what a big old country this is.' I was a mountaineer, just a country boy. I'd never been nowhere like that before."

An earlier version of this obituary reported Watson's date of birth as March 2, 1923. He was born March 3, 1923....