Arthel “Doc” Watson (1923–2012) was a Grammy-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter, high in the pantheon of bluegrass and country music greats. Born blind, Doc overcame hardships to win a total of seven Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and has a deep, enduring influence on how the flattop acoustic guitar is used in folk, roots, and bluegrass music.
Talkin’ Guitar: A Story of Young Doc Watson by Robbin Gourley tells the tale of this North Carolina country boy’s youth, as he found music in the sounds around him and learned to play that music on his guitar. Minimal text and breathtaking illustrations pay tribute to Doc’s early determination, imagination, and musicianship. For a behind-the-scenes look at these illustrations visit hmhkids.tumblr.com, where Robbin Gourley was kind enough to share early sketches of the final art that appears in the book. The book also includes additional biographical information on Doc and his life.
And for more information about the book’s creator, Robbin Gourley, enjoy the following Q&A and visit her website at www.robbingourley.com: