An Our State Playlist: The Watsons: 40 Favorites

Forty songs that give a glimpse of Doc Watson’s life and legacy as an Appalachian folk singer, gifted musician, and pioneering flat-picker who created a distinctly signature North Carolina sound.

One Day in Historic Halifax

This small northeastern North Carolina town on the Roanoke River had a big impact on American history. Step into the past to explore its significance — and find out where to shop and eat along the way.

Pasta Carbonara with Bacon and Sausage

An Italian dish gets a North Carolina twist in our version of a classic carbonara.
Doc Watson playing his guitar in Deep Gap, NC

The First Family of NC Mountain Music

Doc Watson’s legendary flat-picking style helped define the sound of North Carolina. But he would’ve been the first to say that he was one link in a long tradition of folk and bluegrass. Raised in a musical home in Deep Gap, his influence branched out far beyond Watauga County, welcoming new generations of musicians into the fold.