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  • Passings: Arthur Smith

    Arthur Smith, 93, a bluegrass musician who wrote and recorded the sizzling instrumentals "Guitar Boogie" and "Feuding Banjos," died Thursday at his home in Charlotte, N.C., his family announced. No cause was given.
  • Southern California Close-up: Westside of Los Angeles

    Southern California Close-up: Westside of Los Angeles
    First published on Sept. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. You're an outsider heading to the Westside of Los Angeles -- not the beach cities, but Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and the nearby well-heeled neighborhoods south of the Santa...

    An appreciation: Doc Watson, flatpicker, song stylist, messenger

     
    Doc Watson, whose guitar style was an influence on generations of folk players, died on Tuesday near his North Carolina home. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts offers an appreciation.

    Guitarist Doc Watson dead at 89: A 1-2-3 video primer

     
    Guitarist Doc Watson, who died Tuesday at age 89, leaves an extensive legacy that documents his wide-reaching influence in the world of guitar playing and folk music. Here are three video examples of his artistry in different settings.

    An appreciation: Doug Dillard was 'my mentor,' John McEuen says

     
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen praises banjo player Doug Dillard as "my mentor." Doug Dillard helped inspire many young fans, including McEuen and Steve Martin, to take up the banjo.