Saturday Song: “What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul?”

The great folk singer and guitarist Doc Watson could use our prayers. He’s in a North Carolina hospital recovering from colon surgery.

I saw Doc live once, and it was a terrific concert. (Del McCoury was also on the bill.) Doc is blind, so he has to be led on stage, but once there it’s just him sitting on a chair with a guitar and that voice, and he does wonders with both.

In his honor, here is Doc singing “What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul?” with Mr. Bill Monroe. Bill and Charlie Monroe did a positively chilling version of this song in their original recording back in, as Mr. Bill says, “Nineteen-and-thirty-five.” This version with Doc is also very good, if only to hear two legends on the same mic.