(CBS/AP) Musicians and celebrities alike are coming out to pay tribute to folk pioneer Doc Watson, who died Tuesday. He was 89.
Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was hospitalized recently after falling at his home in Deep Gap, 100 miles northwest of Charlotte. He recently had abdominal surgery and had been infor several days.
According to Folklore Productions, private funeral arrangements are pending.
News of his death has sparked a batch of tributes from stars, ranging from Steve Martin to Rosanne Cash.
Singer Ricky Skaggs called Watson "an old ancient warrior."
"He prepared all of us to carry this on," Skaggs said. "He knew he wouldn't last forever. He did his best to carry the old mountain sounds to this generation."
Watson's simple, unadorned voice conveyed an unexpected amount of emotion, but it was his guitar playing that always amazed - and intimidated. Countless guitarists have tried to emulate Watson's renditions of songs such as "Tennessee Stud," "Shady Grove" and "Deep River Blues."
Mandolin player Sam Bush remembers feeling that way when he first sat down next to "the godfather of all flatpickers" in 1974.
"But Doc puts you at ease about that kind of stuff," Bush said. "I never met a more generous kind of musician. He is more about the musical communication than showing off with hot licks. ... He seems to always know what notes to play. They're always the perfect notes. He helped me learn the space between the notes is as valuable as the ones you play."
Here's what other had to say about the guitarist who influenced generations with his flatpicking style:
One of the great guitar innovators, Doc Watson died today. RIP.— Slash (@Slash) May 30, 2012
Hoping that the great bluegrass legend Doc Watson pulls through from from his hospitalization. One of the masters.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) May 25, 2012
"Sitting On Top Of The World" by Doc Watson is my new jam.? t.thisismyjam.com/Elwood/_1tr0o3v— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) May 30, 2012
Rest in peace RT"@nytimes: NYT NEWS ALERT: Doc Watson, Renowned Guitarist and Folk Singer, Dies, A.P. Reports"— Chely Wright (@chelywright) May 30, 2012
A good way to start the day- in memory of a great man. Doc Watson (with Merle Watson) 'Windy and Warm'. youtube.com/watch?v=w0d6nU...— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) May 30, 2012
Watson had performed as recently as April 29, 2012. Check out the footage below: