Two North Carolina music legends will be posthumously inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on October 17th, according to

One inductee is Doc Watson's son Merle Watson, who was born in Deep Gap and recorded 12 albums with his father. Merle was the lead guitarist and banjo player in his dad's band for 20 years, but passed away due to a tractor accident in 1985. The memory of Merle Watson lives on in MerleFest, the annual Wilkesboro music festival.

The second inductee is Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten. Cotten was born in 1893 in Carrboro, and developed "Cotten Picking", which she accomplished by playing her brother's right-handed guitar upside down since she was left handed. Cotten's debut album, called Folksongs & Instrumentals with Guitar is considered to be one of the most influential folk albums of all time. The legendary folk and blues musician passed away at 94 years old in 1987.


Picture from NC Music Hall of Fame Twitter.