David Holt • T.S. Elliot said "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." Musician, Storyteller, Photographer, Cultural Explorer & Trail Guide David Holt is helping America know the place, and in so doing is well on his way to becoming a legend, every bit as profound and valuable to American History & Culture as his unique group of cherished mentors, American Icons like Doc Watson & Dr. Ralph Stanley. While following the well worn paths of the Appalachian Mountain cultural trails, he has forged a new trail all his own, and perhaps without realizing it, has himself become a unique American Icon."
Every young man dreams of a life of adventure. In 1968, David Holt found his life’s journey in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. With a passion to become an old-time banjo player, David traveled to remote mountain communities like Kingdom Come, Kentucky and Sodom Laurel, North Carolina searching for the best traditional musicians.
"David Holt is a musician dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. He also hosts a jazz program for public radio, Riverwalk, as well as a television program on folk music and culture on North Carolina public television, Folkways. He frequently performs with Doc Watson." ~ WikiPedia
Holt found hundreds of old-time mountaineers with a wealth of folk music, stories and wisdom. There was banjoist Wade Mainer, ballad singer Dellie Norton, singing coal miner Nimrod Workman, and 122 year-old washboard player Susie Brunson. Holt learned to play not only banjos, but many unusual instruments like the mouth bow, the bottleneck slide guitar and even the paper bag.
"David’s passion for traditional music and culture has fueled a successful performing and recording career. He has earned four Grammy Awards and performed and recorded with many of his mentors including Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins. He toured nationwide for many years with Doc Watson, and today he tours the country performing solo, and as a duo with Josh Goforth, and with his band The Lightning Bolts."
For well over three decades, David has been collecting and performing the songs and stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has learned this treasure trove of music directly from musical greats like Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Tommy Jarrell, Etta Baker and Doc Watson. In addition to making numerous critically-acclaimed recordings, David has hosted popular television programs, such as The Nashville Network’s Fire on the Mountain and American Music Shop and was featured in the film O Brother Where Art Thou.
"David has been host of NC PBS’s series "Folkways" since 1980 and host of Public Radio’s "Riverwalk Jazz" since 1989, For National PBS David currently hosts "Great Scenic Railway Journeys." David Holt’s State of Music, a production of Will & Deni Films, premiered January 29th, 2015 on North Carolina Public Television UNC-TV. David Holt has spent his life learning and performing traditional American music. It has taken him from the most remote coves of southern Appalachia to the bright lights of TV studios and the Grand Old Opry stage. In this show, David introduces viewers to modern masters of traditional music in the Southern mountains and remembers the legends who taught him. Featured artists are the phenomenal guitarist Bryan Sutton, multi-talented musician and ballad singer Josh Goforth, rising star Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, fiddle virtuoso Bruce Molsky, African American gospel torch-bearers Wilbur Tharpe and Lena Mae Perry, who perform as The Branchettes, and Haywood County bluegrass supergroup Balsam Range.
• Life in the Carolinas presents Musician David Holt
• David Holt Interview: Josh Goforth fiddle
• David Holt One Man Celebration of Stories and Songs
• David Holt interviews Sheila Kay Adams
• David Holt Interview: Etta Baker Piedmont Blues
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Articles, Sources & Related Links
• Legacy • Review by Dan Miller, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
• Reel & Rock 25th Anniversary Edition
• Let It Slide
• Cutting Loose
• David Holt and the Lightning Bolts
• Doc Watson
• Doc Watson – Just one of the people
• DOC WATSON IN BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA
• NPR • David Holt On Mountain Stage
• Articles and Interviews
• The major influences that have combined to create mountain music
"If there’s a North Carolinian who is most familiar with the folktales and folk music of the South, it’s David Holt. A Grammy Award winner, Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released several recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folk tales." ~ UNC-TV
"David Holt and the Lightning Bolts were electrifying. One of the highlights of our festival. With amazing musicianship and wonderful variety, they entertained everyone. Some of the best America has to offer." ~ Country Music Festival Gstaad Switzerland
"Troubadours have served an important function in society for centuries: they told stories, and related the news, in addition to providing musical entertainment. David Holt is one of the very few performers that I consider within the category of troubadour. His concerts are always chock full of great music, entwined with wonderful stories. For 35 years, the audience has always come away with a warm feeling after seeing him perform."
"I think it is rare to see a person merge as many folk art traditions as David Holt has. His contributions to the state of North Carolina through his work in preserving and showcasing our heritage, and his ability to communicate these traditions to a variety of audiences are remarkable. " ~ Laura Boosinger
"What jumps out immediately are Holt’s skill as an all-around entertainer and how well he brings that skill across on the recording, particularly when he is singing." ~ Bill Wagner
"David Holt’s audiences are familiar with his banjo playing and tunes, interspersed with homespun tales and real-life stories. He involves his spectators in his performances, awing them with his talent on several instruments, including the slide guitar, squeeze box, guitar, harmonica and others; teaching them to play the paper bag; and energizing them with his clogging." ~ UNC-TV
Winner of Four GRAMMY AWARDS
• Two GRAMMY AWARDS (artist and producer) for LEGACY with Doc Watson – Best Folk Recording 2003
• Two GRAMMY AWARDS (artist and producer) for STELLALUNA – Best Children’s Spoken Word Recording 1997
Eight GRAMMY Nominations
• Named "The Best of the New Generation" by Esquire Magazine in its first annual Register of Men and Women Who Are Changing America (1984)
• Inducted into the National Storytelling Association’s "Hall of Fame" Circle of Excellence
• Three-time winner of the FRETS magazine readers’ poll for "best old-time banjoist"
• University of North Carolina "Razor Walker Award" (1993) "Presented to individuals in the service of youth who have demonstrated vision, tenacity, sacrifice and courage. Those who walk the razor’s edge."
• 2007 The Brown-Hudson Folklore Award, The North Carolina Folklore Society presents the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award to persons who have in special ways contributed to the appreciation, continuation, or study of North Carolina folk traditions.
There is a deep river of traditional music running through North Carolina. Grammy Award winners David Holt, Bryan Sutton, and T. Michael Coleman explore the richness of that musical culture. Each has been inspired by and performed with Doc Watson over the years and honor his musical genius. “Doc has been a primary influence on all three of us and we want to follow his lead in performing a wide range of traditionally-based songs and tunes that really reach out and grab a crowd.” • Deep River Rising
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." Musician, Storyteller, Photographer, Cultural Explorer & Trail Guide David Holt is helping America know the place, and in so doing is well on his way to becoming a legend, every bit as profound and valuable to American History & Culture as his unique group of cherished mentors, American Icons like Dr. Ralph Stanley & Doc Watson.
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