"I'll never forget (well maybe the year) around 77 or 78 being at the skyline bluegrass festival and Doc and Merle were all set up and ready to play when a big rain came in. The stage crew turned off all the mic's and unplugged everything ready to leave the stage. But Doc told them hey wait -these here folks come to hear us, and I reckon if your gonna have take all the electronics off, that's no problem. All y'all folks just gather in real close. He and Merle play a wonderful set - completely acoustic, and we had front row seats with only about 30 or so other folks not afraid to get wet. Best show I ever saw and made me a true Doc fan and follower. My heart goes out to his wife and family. God has lost an awefully good field solider who always felt compelled to share his testimony of Christ. But now he is playing with his son and friend Earl and God is loving this concert! God blessed you Doc, and you have blessed all of us. Thank you for all the Merlefest music, moments, and memories..."
– Susan Locke, Fan forever,
Wilson, NC, May 30, 2012
"Prayers and thoughts to the Watson family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Doc Watson was an amazing man and musician. May God grant you all peace at this difficult time. .....Patricia D. Smith Bruno....<3>"
– Patricia D. Smith Bruno, Boone, NC (Friend and fan),
Grand Rapids, MI, May 30, 2012
"April, 1974 - In a small club on "The Hill" in Boulder, Colorado. A friend had tickets to go see this guy Doc Watson. Unfamiliar with his talent.....we were all blown away. He intoduced his son, Merle, and went on to introduce us to some authentic blue grass of a quality that we had not seen. To this day, I remain a devoted fan."
– Steven, Linstener/Audience,
Grand Junction, CO, May 30, 2012