Ralph Stanley And NC's Doc Watson To Headline Music Festival

North Carolina flat picker Doc Watson is one of two pillars of Appalachian music who will headline the 2008 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September in Tennessee.

It will be the first time either Watson or Ralph Stanley has performed at the annual festival celebrating the region's musical heritage.

The festival runs September 19-21 in downtown Bristol.

In the 1950s, Stanley and Watson performed in Bristol on the "Farm and Fun Time" radio program, which helped promote their careers.

The 84-year-old Watson became a key figure in the 1960s folk movement with his mix of old-timey mountain tunes, blues and gospel. He helped revolutionize folk guitar with his flat-picking.