Four-time Grammy winner David Holt has spent his life learning and performing traditional American music. It has taken him from the remote coves of southern Appalachia to the bright lights of TV studios and the Grand Old Opry. In David Holt’s State of Music he shares tunes and stories with modern masters of this traditional music that has a growing legion of contemporary fans.


David Holt and Josh Goforth


Season 1 featured amazing guitarist Bryan Sutton, singer and multi-instrumentalist 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 (the Branchettes), and bluegrass supergroup Balsam Range.


Season 2 features the renowned Steep Canyon Rangers; legendary Alice Gerrard with accomplished fiddler Rayna Gellert and singer/composer Laurelyn Dossett; the phenomenal Kruger Brothers; powerful young vocalist Amythyst Kiah and the breakout band Mipso; Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; national treasure Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver; and the St. John AME Zion Unity Choir.


David Holt’s State of Music showcases not just the music but also the countryside that gave it life. Shot entirely on location, the program puts its featured performers in the context of the countryside that nurtured their musical traditions, making the show a treat for the eyes as well as ears.