DEEP GAP, N.C. -- You could hear the mountains of North Carolina in Doc Watson's music.
The rush of a mountain stream, the steady creak of a mule in leather harness plowing rows in topsoil and the echoes of sounds made by a vanishing people were an intrinsic part of the folk musician's homespun sound.
It took Watson decades to make a name for himself outside the world of Deep Gap, N.C.
Once he did, he ignited the imaginations of countless guitar players who learned the possibilities of the instrument.
From the folk revival of the 1960s to the Americana movement of the 21st century, Watson remained a constant source of inspiration and a treasured touchstone before his death Tuesday at age 89.
By CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Entertainment Writer
The Associated Press