Doc Watson (Arthel Lane Watson at birth) is considered to be one of the BIG talents in music and just by watching and listening to him, the reasons are very apparent why. His flat picking style is the envy of many guitarists, both young and old. At 88 years of age, he does not show any evidence of slowing down any time soon. He has wowed and entertained audiences around the world for over forty years.
An eye infection left Doc blind before his first birthday, but somehow that never seems to have gotten in his way. He got his first guitar from Sears & Roebuck (hey that’s where I got my first real one – see A LITTLE BIT ABOUT how the guitar bug bit me BIG TIME) which happened to be a $10 Stella, made by the Oscar Schmidt Company. His next guitar was a Martin D-18.
Here’s Doc doing Black Mountain Rag back in 1991.
I can’t even begin to fill you in on who this great man called Doc Watson is and what he is all about, but there is some wonderful reading about him on the Merlefest 2012 website.
This page has me thinking about BBQ right off the bat. Those smokey, spicy, Louisiana hot links are what comes to my mind. Ummmm… Now that I got that out of my system, this is about the other type of hot link.
These hot links are the ones that are much more time sensitive and have an expiration date that will probably be on us much quicker than the date on your edible variety. If you have the means and can do any of these before they expire, they’ll be well worth your time! – Jack
HERE’S ONE THAT YOU REALLY NEED TO CHECK OUT!
THE WRECKING CREW FILM – FREE SCREENING
If you are one of the fortunate ones who will be able to get to the final day of Winter NAMM 2013 on Sunday, January 27th – Anaheim, California…you probably already know about the free screening of The Wrecking Crew Film.
If you don’t, it’s happening in Room 204-B @ 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Here’s a trailer just to give you a little bit of information about this fantastic movie by award winning film maker Denny Tedesco, son of the late, great guitarist, Tommy Tedesco, who was a member of The Wrecking Crew.
WHAT”S IT ALL ABOUT?
Well, if the trailer didn’t spell it out for you…
This looks to be one really cool movie. The rights to purchase all of this great music so that this wonderful film can be released are a bit on the $$$Spendy side. Hopefully soon though, enough money will be raised to get this great film released.
Denny Tedesco let me know that there will also be a special screening on February 9, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. honoring drummer Hal Blaine. He also mentioned that “Nancy Sinatra will be joining us as well as a couple of other folks of the day.”
Here’s that info:
And here’s a link to some upcoming screenings that will be taking place:
Since I’m unable to make it to NAMM this year I’d like to give a shout out for Denny Tedesco and myself to Voyage Guitar, Beamz, and Heil Sound for all of the great support that these sponsers have given to The Wrecking Crew Film!
We all need to do what we can to help Denny Tedesco get this FANTASTIC film out there. It would be so very cool if one (or several of you for that matter) guitarists out there with a love for what’s going on here and have been blessed to make your living from music, decide to step up to the plate and help Denny get this ultra very cool movie out there for everyone who has any music in them to enjoy.
These great musicians played a huge part in many of our lives and the time has come to get their story out.
We’ll be doing a more in depth Feature Post on The Wrecking Crew Film in the near future so keep an eye out.
Many thanks to Denny Tedesco for this great film!!! – Jack
“WE ARE OUR BROTHERS KEEPERS” – A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR BLUES GUITARIST DAVID “KID” RAMOS
When you think of all the great guitar playing that Kid Ramos has given us over the years, it’s just mind boggling. It’s time for us to give back to Kid as we all can, whether it be by donations to his medical fund or even just some kind encouraging words to Kid, his wife Linda, and their family.
Without getting too deeply into any specifics, Kid is in a fight with cancer which he’s going to battle right out of his body. It would be great if we all rally around him and cheer him and his family on through this tough ordeal. TOGETHER WE WILL WIN!!!