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“The best minstrel and storyteller...” Vogue Magazine; “The best of the best...” The Boston Globe
Four-time Grammy winner David Holt is recognized as one of America’s foremost folk musicians and storytellers.
With a passion to become an old time banjo player even at an early age, he and traveled to remote NC mountain communities searching for the best traditional musicians. As for music, Holt says, “The only homemade music in our house was played by my father on bones and spoons that had been passed down in our family for five generations...”
Holt found hundreds of old-time mountaineers with a wealth of folk music, stories and wisdom. He not only learned to play the banjo but many unusual instruments like the mouth bow, the bottleneck slide guitar, and even the washboard from the oldest woman in the world. For over three decades, he has enjoyed a successful performing and recording career, earning many awards and performing with many of his mentors including Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins.
Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. He is host of public television’s Folkways, and has served as host of The Nashville Network’s Fire on the Mountain, Celebration Express and American Music Shop. He has been a frequent guest on Hee Haw, Nashville Now and The Grand Ole Opry, and was seen as a musician in the popular film O Brother Where Art Thou.
David hosts Riverwalk for Public Radio International, broadcast across the U.S. from San Antonio, Texas.