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Friday night my grandson J.R., his friend Christine, and I traveled the hour’s ride to Big Stone Gap, Virginia, to participate in the 38th Home Craft Days Festival, specifically to attend a concert starring several prominent groups, including Robin and Linda Williams and the person I went to hear — Doc Watson.

Tennessee has a rich heritage in country and blue grass music. Close to our region is the home of the famous Carters and other performers of folk songs, ballads, and hymns. Although Doc Watson is from North Carolina, he frequently appears in Tennessee and Virginia. I had heard him several times in North Carolina and in Tennessee and am always amazed at his prowess with the acoustic guitar and his unique, sweet voice. In his eighties, he walks onto the stage like an old man, picks up his guitar, and is transformed into an energetic, magical performer. With him was his sidekick Richard and a pianist, Jeff Little, who tears up the piano, all but standing on the keys. It was incredible!

Although I do not produce a clear, accurate song, in my mind I am harmonizing with Doc on Summer Time, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? and Sweet Georgia Brown. It’s all good!!

“Enjoying a brisk day on the lake with J.R. and Christine”
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