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Celebrate Doc Watson

Doc Watson Statue

Doc with his statue. Photo by Tom Fotta Jr.

Doc with his statue. Photo by Tom Fotta Jr.

Doc Watson, a 7-time Grammy Award winner, lived in Deep Gap, NC, and was a frequent visitor to Boone and the Jones House during his lifetime. A musical legend, Doc inspired generations of musicians during his lifetime with his flat-picking style. Blind since childhood, Doc wished to be remembered first as a member of the community as a husband, father, grandfather, and a participant.

On Friday, June 24th, 2011, a life-sized bronze statue of Doc was unveiled in downtown Boone, on the corner of W. King St. and N. Depot St. When asked about the idea of a statue of his likeness being installed in downtown Boone, Doc said it would be okay, as long as a plaque accompanied it, reading, "Just one of the people."

On the day the statue was unveiled, the Town of Boone and then-Mayor Loretta Clawson decreed the third Friday in June as Doc Watson Day. Ever since that day, Boone and the Jones House have celebrated his memory and influence with a free concert on the Jones House lawn on Doc Watson Day. 

Doc Watson Day Celebration

Join us on Friday, June 21, 2019, for the 9th annual Doc Watson Day Celebration!

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Join the Jones House and the Town of Boone as we celebrate Doc Watson Day with a free concert dedicated to his memory. 

Every year, the Jones House invites musicians who played with Doc and who are inspired by his work to the lawn to perform at the annual Doc Watson Day Celebration.




Pictures from past Doc Watson Day Celebrations