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Blind guitar flatpicker Doc Watson in critical condition after fall

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Master flatpicker Doc Watson is in critical condition in a North Carolina hospital after falling at his home in Deep Gap earlier this week.

Watson’s daughter, Nancy, said in a telephone interview that Watson fell Monday at his home. She says he didn’t break any bones but that he’s “real sick.” A spokeswoman at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem says Arthel Watson was in critical condition Thursday. Arthel is Doc’s first name.

The 89-year-old Watson has won several Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award. He’s also received the National Medal of the Arts.

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

Credit: The Associated Press