What a terrible year for Bluegrass, we lost another original member of the founding generation last night, Doc Watson.

Here’s the intro to the obit from the NYTimes…

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.

Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was hospitalized recently after falling at his home in Deep Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He underwent abdominal surgery while in the hospital and had been in critical condition for several days.

I had a few brushes with Doc at Merlefest over the years, but every time I’d see him I was so star struck I couldn’t even formulate words except, “good pickin Doc.” I bet he’d never heard that one before!

NC flat picking guitar legend Doc Watson critical after fall, get well soon Doc!

Just got this link from a friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Doc and his family. Get well soon, there’s more picking to do.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson is in critical condition at a North Carolina hospital after falling at his home earlier this week.

His daughter Nancy tells The Associated Press that the 89-year-old fell at his home in Deep Gap on Monday. She says he didn’t break any bones, but he is “real sick.”

He was in critical condition at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

The blind singer and guitarist has won several Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award. He also received the National Medal of the Arts.

He’s known as a master of the flatpicking style of guitar playing and for starting Merlefest, an annual gathering of musicians named after his son, who died in a tractor accident in 1985.