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Ralph Stanley to Honor Doc Watson in Greensboro Concert

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Dr. Ralph StanleyGreensboro, NC -- The Carolina Theatre announced Friday that it will remember Doc Watson in a concert next week. Ralph Stanley, a bluegrass legend, will perform June 8 with his group the Clinch Mountain Boys and will dedicate his performance to Watson, his longtime friend, stage partner and fellow bluegrass music legend.

Watson has performed at the Carolina at least four times since 1976. After Watson's death Tuesday at age 89, the Carolina talked to Stanley. Together, both Stanley and the staff at the Carolina chose to honor Watson.

Watson's name will be on the marquee, his photo in the lobby and his music played before Stanley's show. Then, Stanley will play and tell stories about Watson from the stage. It will be Stanley's first concert since Watson's death.

Tickets for the 8 are $26.50 and under. For more information, call 333-2605 or visit

Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson, 89, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Affectionately known as "Doc Watson", the guitar legend, songwriter, singer and artist performed bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk and country music. He was highly regarded in the bluegrass music community for his guitar style and innovation.

Watson suffered a fall recently and while the fall itself wasn't life threatening, it was discovered that he had a colon problem that was. His colon issue was much more serious than the fall itself and doctors transferred him to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he underwent emergency surgery. The operation was initially considered successful however, Watson remained in critical condition for several days. Yesterday, the artist passed away at the hospital.

Watson was born March 3, 1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina and became blind due to an eye infection. His blindness since before his first birthday, was never a handicap to Doc. He learned to play the guitar and became such a genius with the instrument that his performances became legendary across many genres.

Dr. Ralph Stanley, another bluegrass music legend celebrated his 85th birthday this past February. Like Watson, Stanley has also been recognized for his contributions to the music. In addition to his many Grammy awards, the revered vocal stylist was the 2006 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and President George W. Bush. In 2008, the Virginia General Assembly gave him its Outstanding Virginian Award.

This will be an honored event with one of the greatest pioneers of bluegrass music honoring one of the greatest pioneers of folk music's varied traditions.

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