David Holt (musician)

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David Holt
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Background information
Born (1946-10-15) October 15, 1946 (age 72)
Gatesville, Texas, U.S.
Genresfolk music

David Holt (born October 15, 1946 in Gatesville, Texas) performs and preserves traditional American music and stories. A four time Grammy Award winner,[1] Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales, hosted Riverwalk, a jazz program on public radio;[2] Folkways, a television program on folk music and culture, Great Scenic Railway Journeys and North Carolina Mountain Treasures on North Carolina public television.

He is the host of David Holt's State of Music, a public TV series distributed nationwide by PBS. The program is produced and directed by Will and Deni McIntyre and was nominated for a Midsouth Regional Emmy in 2015.[3]

Holt performed with Doc Watson from 1998 to 2012. Holt performs wearing his trademark fedora, preferring vintage examples from the 1930s and 1940s.[citation needed]

Holt and his wife, Ginny, have a son, Zeb, who worked for NBC in New York City. Their daughter, Sarah Jane, died in 1989 at age 10 following a car crash.[4]


Year Title Label Awards Notes
1986 Reel & Rock High Windy Audio NAIRD Folk Record of the Year w/ Doc and Merle Watson
1991 Grandfather's Greatest Hits High Windy Audio Grammy nominee
1994 I Got a Bullfrog: Folksongs for the Fun of It High Windy Audio Grammy nominee
1996 Folk Rhythms (DVD) Homespun
2000 Stellaluna High Windy Audio Grammy award
2000 Why the Dog Chases the Cat High Windy Audio Grammy nominee w/ Bill Mooney
2002 Spiders in the Hairdo High Windy Audio Grammy nominee w/ Bill Mooney
2002 Legacy - Doc Watson and David Holt High Windy Audio Grammy award
2003 Live and Kickin' at the National Storytelling Festival High Windy Audio Grammy nominee w/ Zeb Holt
2003 Blue Ridge Parkway (DVD) UNC-TV
2004 Great Scenic Railway Journeys - The West (DVD) Wide Eye Productions Emmy award
2004 Clawhammer Banjo 1 (DVD) Homespun
2004 Clawhammer Banjo 2 (DVD) Homespun
2005 Let It Slide High Windy Audio
2006 Hairyman Meets Tailybone High Windy Audio
2006 Mostly Ghostly Stories High Windy Audio
2006 David Holt & The Lightning Bolts High Windy Audio
2009 Cutting Loose High Windy Audio Grammy nominee w/ Josh Goforth
2012 Great Scenic Railway Journeys - Trains Around North America (DVD) Wide Eye Productions Emmy award
2013 Clawhammer Banjo - The Basics and Beyond (DVD) Homespun
2014 Ready For The Times High Windy Audio as Sutton, Holt and Coleman
2015 David Holt's State of Music High Windy Audio
2016 Good Medicine High Windy Audio w/ Josh Goforth


  1. ^ "David Holt | Profile on". Ted.com. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  2. ^ "David Holt - Host Profile". riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu.
  3. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2015" (PDF).
  4. ^ Reinhardt, Susan (2 June 2013). "On grief after the loss of a child". Asheville Citizen-Times.

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