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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.
  • 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.

    Banjo picker Doug Dillard dies at 75; appeared on 'Andy Griffith'

    Bluegrass banjo player Doug Dillard has died at 75. With the Dillards, Doug Dillard helped popularize bluegrass music in the 1960s during appearances on "The Andy Griffith Show" and contributed to the birth of country-rock music.

    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.