Where: The Ryman
Recipient of every award there is to receive, and adored by a still-growing legion of fans around the world, Arthel “Doc” Watson makes only a limited number of appearances these days. Some might grumble at his placement at the close of The Ryman’s Bluegrass Nights series, arguing that he’s not a bluegrass artist, and in a sense, they’re right; Doc’s not a bluegrass artist, but rather an artist whose music incorporates bluegrass even as it transcends it. And he’s one of a small handful of folks who, by virtue of longevity and achievement, have earned the right to be grumpy old dudes who mutter about how bluegrass or folk or whatever music is going to hell in a handbasket. But instead he remains as open-minded, inquisitive, experimental and wide-ranging as ever, and with 60-plus years of music to rummage through, he is simply not to be missed. Longtime buddy and engaging old-time entertainer David Holt opens.