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Celebrating Doc Watson Day in Boone, NC: A High Country Tribute

The High Country region of North Carolina, with its majestic mountains and local music scene, is a place rich in cultural heritage. One of the most cherished events in the Boone, NC area is Doc Watson Day. This annual event pays tribute to the legendary folk musician, Doc Watson, whose influence and legacy continues to resonate deep in the Appalachian community.

Who Was Doc Watson?

Doc Watson, Folk Music Icon, Dies At 89 : The Record : NPR

Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, born in 1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina, was a pioneering guitarist and singer. Despite losing his sight as a young child, Doc Watson’s musical talent grew and flourished. He mastered the guitar and other instruments, blending traditional Appalachian music with elements of bluegrass, country, and blues. His unique “flat-picking” style and soulful voice earned him a dedicated following and numerous awards, even Grammy Awards! Doc Watson’s music not only preserves the traditions of the Appalachians, but it also brings those traditions to a new and even global audience today.

The Origins of Doc Watson Day

Doc Watson Day was established to honor the musician’s immense contributions to folk and bluegrass music. Held annually in Boone, NC, this event brings together music lovers, local artists, and the community to celebrate Watson’s life and legacy. The festivities include live music performances, storytelling, workshops, and activities that highlight the rich cultural traditions of the Appalachian region.

Doc Watson Day Celebration Details

  • Location: The Jones House, 604 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607
  • Date: Friday, August 16, 2024
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Presented By: The Town of Boone
  • Contact (828) 268-6280 for more information
  • Price: Free and open to the public!

The Jones House and the Town of Boone celebrate Doc Watson Day with a free concert dedicated to his memory. 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. This year’s celebrations will kick off at 5:00 pm with a special concert featuring Tucker Conner, Jack Lawrence & Patrick Crouch, Wayne Henderson & friends, and The Burnett Sisters Band.

In addition to the free concert on August 16th, there will also be a ticketed event at the historic Appalachian Theatre on August 17th at 7:30 pm featuring performances by Scythian and Brooks Forsyth.

A Day of Music & MORE!

Doc Watson Day in Boone is a vibrant celebration filled with musical performances that capture the essence of Appalachian music. Local musicians, as well as artists from afar, gather to perform Watson’s timeless songs and other traditional tunes. The event often features:

Live Performances: Stages are set up around Boone where musicians perform Doc Watson’s classics and other bluegrass favorites. These performances often include collabs between seasoned musicians and emerging new talents.

Workshops and Masterclasses: Aspiring new musicians can participate in workshops and masterclasses led by experienced artists. The sessions provide valuable techniques and styles that defined Doc Watson’s music. Really offers musicians a chance to learn from the best in the area!

Storytelling and Oral Histories: Storytellers and local historians share tales about Doc Watson’s life, music, and his impact on the community. Connect with the past and appreciate the High Country traditions.

Crafts and Artisans: The event also showcases local crafts and handmade goods. From traditional Appalachian folk-art to contemporary works, there’s something for everyone.

Foodies: There’s a local food scene too. Get a taste of Appalachian cuisine while you take in the music and festivities.

A Boone Community Affair | Doc Watson Day

Doc Watson Day is more than just a music festival; it’s a local Boone gathering that brings people together to celebrate a shared cultural heritage. The event fosters a sense of community and pride amongst the locals, and reminds visitors of the High Country’s identity.

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Doc Watson’s legacy continues to inspire musicians and music lovers around the world. Join us in the High Country for a day of music, storytelling, and community as we honor the life and legacy of the legendary Doc Watson.

White Fence Farm offers three vacation rentals to choose from – two are located in downtown Boone, NC (walking distance from local festivities) and the Farmhouse is located in Trade, TN (just 15 minutes away from downtown Boone, NC)

  • Downtown Boone House
    • This two-bedroom house is in the heart of downtown Boone, located on King Street. This home can accommodate up to six guests, within easy walking distance of everything downtown and Appalachian State University.
  • The Appalachian House
    • This one-bedroom house can accommodate up to four guests and is adjacent to White Fence Farm, Downtown Boone. Rent one or both depending on the number of people in your party.
  • The Farmhouse on the farm in Trade, NC
    • This three-bedroom farmhouse is on 105 acres, and it is just 15 minutes from downtown Boone. The farmhouse can be reserved as a vacation rental or coupled with the property facilities for use as a wedding or special event venue.

Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on local events and cultural celebrations.


Celebrate the music and legacy of Doc Watson in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina. Mark your calendars and join us for a day of unforgettable music and community spirit.

Written by Andrea Morton, Creative Blogging + Marketing Strategies

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