Article Published: Feb. 11 | Modified: Feb. 14
High Country music great Doc Watson died last year after a
long life of bringing North Carolina roots music to the
Considered a legend while still alive, Watson was one of
many featured in the “In Memoriam” segment at the recent Grammy Awards.
few months after Watson’s passing, his long-time wife, Rosa Lee Watson, also left this world. Now,
with both parents now gone, daughter Nancy Watson has brought forth a new project, called “Doc
Watson Family Milestones.”
“Doc Watson Family Milestones” will feature
four CDs of never-before-released music recorded by the Watson family going back to the 1950s,
including Doc playing his electric Gibson Les Paul guitar back in the
And, as an added bonus, the package will be accompanied by
more than 500 personal photographs, which help tell the story of the Watson family’s mountain
The effort was produced by Roy Andrade, and the music
tracks were mastered by the Grammy Award-winning Bill Wolf.
to make this project happen, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to help to raise funds for
the “Doc Watson Family Milestones” effort, and you can be a part of
Here’s how it works: Donations are asked for, with the goal of
reaching a certain predetermined amount of needed funds. You can donate as little as $1. But here
is where it gets interesting.
For those able to donate more, there are
gifts are in store. For example, those who donate $30 or more will get two never-before-heard mp3s
of Doc Watson music not found on the four-disc set. Those who give $133 will receive the two
previously mentioned mp3s, plus the entire “Doc Watson Family Milestones” package when it is
released in April.
When the donations lift up over $200, that is
when the gifts range from guitar- and thumb-picks actually used by Watson onstage to his belt
silver buckle, his pocket knife and guitar capo. A pledge of $3,500 will get you Doc’s vintage
Kiesel lap steel guitar; add $500 more to that, and you’ll get Doc’s cigar box slide guitar. His
hammered dulcimer has already been grabbed up at the $3,500 level.
main reason that this Kickstarter campaign was started was that the Watson Family could only
afford to print 1,000 copies with a high price tag for the public. If this effort is successful,
they will be able to produce 5,000 copies of this unique and historic collection, which will make
it more affordable for the masses.
While many who have heard about this
venture think that it is a matter of cleaning out the closets after Doc and Rosa Lee’s passing, in
a Mountain Times interview with daughter Nancy Watson, we learn that this is a project was long in
“It was Daddy’s dearest wish to see this released,” Nancy
Watson said. “I started this in 1999. Daddy knew all about it. When I would be going through all
of these old tapes, I would discover something really great, and I would come out of the room and
yell, ‘Daddy, Daddy, come here. Come here and listen to what I
“He would come running into the room where I had my
equipment set up, and I’d put the headphones on him, and he was so happy. He heard the actual demo
of the finished, completed set. He has heard it, and he was so happy with it. He called it an
adventure. That was his exact words. It was ready before Daddy passed. He was aware of the whole
process. He actually recorded some songs for the project, like ‘Carolina Cabin,’ ‘When I Set Out
For Glory’ and ‘My Lord is a Rock.’”
You can find more information about
the Kickstarter campaign — or donate to the cause — at http://www.tinyurl.com/a6368xa
. The campaign ends
Sunday, Feb. 24.