Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Doc Watson has played across five decades of bluegrass music.
Will the Circle be Unbroken (Capitol)
These days, his signature guit-steel playing leaves listeners slack-jawed. But it took Junior Brown a long time to get to center stage.
O Brother's success revealed Norman Blake's genius to a wide audience. Bluegrass fans have seen it all along.
Detroit's White Stripes will save your savage soul.
The Maybellines, with Dear Nora and Jason Heller
In a cynical world, Iris DeMent struggles to maintain her virtue.
CARLENE CARTER RETURNS IN AN UNLIKELY GUISE--AS A C&W STAR.