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Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dies

'O Death' singer was 89

(Newser) - Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday, the AP reports. He was 89. Stanley died at his home in Sandy Ridge, Va., because of difficulties from skin cancer, his publicist says. Stanley... More »

Folk Music Legend Doc Watson Dead at 89

Master flatpicker changed folk music forever

(Newser) - No history of American folk and country music would be complete without a mention of blind guitar wizard Doc Watson, who has died at the age of 89. His rapid-fire flatpicking style influenced generations of musicians, and helped elevate the guitar to lead instrument status in the country music of... More »

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