Music Icon Doc Watson Hospitalized
Members of the music industry and bluegrass fans all across the area are sending up prayers for one local icon here in the community. Doc Watson was hospitalized on Monday at the Watauga Medical Center after falling at his home. Watson then developed some type of infection, taking a turn for the worse. He was then flown out to The Wake Forrest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem on Thursday where he is currently in critical condition. Watson has won seven Grammy Awards, in addition to a Grammy for lifetime achievement he received in 2004. Most recently, he won in 2006 in the category of best country instrumental performance for his playing on "Whiskey Before Breakfast." For much of his career, Watson toured and recorded with his son, Merle Watson. Doc Watson's most popular recordings include the songs "Tom Dooley," "Shady Grove" and "Rising Sun Blues."