Eddy Merle Watson (February 8, 1949 – October 23, 1985) was an American folk and bluegrass guitarist. He was best known for his performances with his father, Doc Watson. Merle played and recorded albums together with his father from age 15 until his death in a tractor accident 21 years later. Merle was widely recognized as one of the best flat-picking and slide guitarists of his generation. MerleFest, one of the world's largest and most-prestigious folk music festivals, is held annually in Wilkesboro, NC and is named in his honor.
Merle Watson c. 1979
|Birth name||Eddy Merle Watson|
|Also known as||Merle Watson|
|Born||February 8, 1949|
Deep Gap, North Carolina
|Died||October 23, 1985 (aged 36)|
Lenoir, North Carolina
|Genres||Blues, bluegrass, country, folk|
|Associated acts||Doc Watson|
All albums were in collaboration with his father, Doc Watson.
- 1965 – Doc Watson & Son
- 1971 – Doc Watson on Stage
- 1972 – The Elementary Doctor Watson!
- 1973 – Then and Now
- 1974 – Two Days in November
- 1976 – Doc and the Boys
- 1977 – Lonesome Road
- 1978 – Look Away!
- 1981 – Red Rocking Chair
- 1983 – Doc and Merle Watson's Guitar Album
- 1984 – Down South
- 1985 – Pickin' the Blues
Awards and honorsEdit
1974 Grammy for Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording: Merle Watson & Doc Watson for Two Days In November
1979 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance: Doc Watson & Merle Watson for Big Sandy/Leather Britches
1985 "Best Finger Picking Guitarist-Folk/Blues or Country" Award from Frets Magazine
- Eddy Merle Watson, Bluegrass Guitarist, Accidentally Killed at 36, Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1985
- Merlefest at 21, Doc Watson at 85: Festival Notes, Swampland.com
- 1988 Archived 2014-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, MerleFest
- Doc & Merle Watson, "Bottle of Wine" Chart Position Retrieved January 27, 2014
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