Musician Doc Watson still in critical condition

Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson remains in critical condition at a North Carolina hospital after undergoing colon surgery last week.

A spokeswoman at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., said Watson remained in critical condition Saturday.

The 89-year-old Watson’s daughter, Nancy, said the musician fell Monday.

The blind singer and guitarist has won several Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award. He also received the National Medal of the Arts.

Watson is known as a master of the flatpicking style of guitar playing. He also started Merlefest, an annual gathering of musicians in Wilkesboro named after his son, who died in a tractor accident in 1985.

Singer George Jones released from hospital

Country music star George Jones has been released from the hospital.

In a news release from Jones’ publicist on Saturday, Jones said he is improving, and “I look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

Jones, regarded as the greatest voice in country music history, was hospitalized for the second time this year on Monday in Nashville, Tenn., with an upper respiratory infection. The 80-year-old spent a week in the hospital in March as well.

The “He Stopped Loving Her Today” singer has canceled his live performances through the month of June and will reschedule shows where possible.

Jones said in the news release he’s got a new team of doctors treating him, “and it seems to be working.”

Finneran to join cast of Broadway’s ‘Annie’

Katie Finneran is about to get evil — playing Miss Hannigan in the new production of “Annie” on Broadway.

Producers said Friday that the two-time Tony Award winner has been cast as the cruel head of Annie’s orphanage in the show that begins reviews Oct. 3 at the Palace Theatre.

Finneran won a Tony for her performance in the recent Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises” and another in “Noises Off.” Her other Broadway credits include “Mauritius,” “Cabaret” and “The Iceman Cometh.” Finneran starred this past season on Fox’s series “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.”

Based on the beloved comic strip that debuted in 1924, “Annie” first opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for almost six years, fueled by songs including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”

Wire reports