The legendary Doc Watson passed away on May 29 at the age of 89 after having been hospitalized following a fall at his house that required colon surgery. Watson was influential to generations of musicians who have looked to America’s folk tradition for inspiration.

He combined folk, bluegrass, blues and jazz guitar into a style all his own. Watson won eight Grammy Awards throughout his career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He recieved the National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton in 1997.