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Doc Watson Statue Unveiling Held in Boon, North Carolina

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Doc Watson StatueCoinciding with the installation and unveiling of a life sized bronze statue of legendary bluegrass and folk artist Doc Watson in Boone, NC, Blooming Twig Books is reissuing Blind But Now I See. The statue was unveiled on Friday, June 24th as part of the Downtown Boone Development project. The statue was sculpted by artist Alex Hallmark.

The project cost around $40,000 and personalized bricks were sold for $100 donations to the Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA). The sculpture was placed at the northeast corner of King and Depot Streets in Boone. A plaque that accompanies the statue simply states, "Doc Watson -- Just one of the people."

Doc Watson is an American legend. As a guitar player, songwriter, singer of folk, bluegrass, country, gospel and the blues, he covers the foundations of American roots music.

Originally from Deep Gap, North Carolina, Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson, began playing guitar as a child. Starting with a Sears $10 guitar, he worked his way up professionally and acquired better guitars throughout his career.

In 1964, Doc began playing with his son Merle. The father-son act toured for 21 years until Merle was killed in a freak tractor accident that shook the folk music community.

The status commemorates the contributions of Doc Watson to the region and the music.

The book, Blind But Now I See is a no-holds barred biography of the legendary guitarist's life and career. The book was researched for more than six years, and provides the first ever comprehensive look into the folk music icon's life. “Blind but Now I See” also features dozens of never-before-seen photographs, as well as artist renderings from throughout Doc Watson's childhood and career.

Written by Dr. Kent Gustavson, this controversial, first-ever biography of the folk and bluegrass icon has quickly become an Amazon Bestseller, reaching #1 in the Country & Folk category. It has also recently been the recipient of the Biography of the year award from the Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards.

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