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Musicians pay tribute to North Carolina native Doc Watson

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Those who either knew Doc Watson personally or simply appreciated his music came together last week at Nightlight on West Rosemary Street.

Nightlight hosted a tribute show for the legendary folk musician featuring musicians from local bands and a slide show of images from the Southern Folklife Collection at Wilson Library.

“(The event) was exceptionally educational,” said Alexis Mastromichalis, owner of Nightlight. “It was really wonderful seeing testimonies from people who knew Doc personally.”

Watson died last month in Winston Salem, N.C., He won seven Grammy awards, and UNC awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

“It just always seemed like he would be around,” said Steve Kruger, who organized the event.

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