Doc lived in Deep Gap, N.C. He died at the Wake Forest Hospital - which is in the town where part of my family came from.
The UCLA Folk Festival was a great experience. The first year I went, I think I was 17. I played in a bluegrass group called the Orange County Cross Junction Fruit Stompers . For most of Easter Week there were concerts and workshops. I went to see the New Lost City Ramblers (Mike Seeger, Tom Paley and John Cohen) who was my favorite group at the time (they remain high on my list) but in the mix I also got Doc and Libba Cotton and a raft of other traditional musicians - some famous, some not. Fame for many was not rock stardom but an audience that knew some of their tunes.
One of the other amazing things was the ability to get the photo. The Post never did publish the photo but I wrote the Post and asked for a copy - which is reprinted above.