Fact sheet

Personal: Date of birth: October 15, 1946Place of birth: Gatesville, Texas

Lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina near Asheville since 1973 with his wife, Ginny

Education: University of California at Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies; Bachelor of Science and Arts degrees, magna cum laude – Biology and Art. Advanced degree in Education.
Work: Performs full-time throughout the world since 1981.Founded and directed the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC 1975 – 1981.

Tours for US State Department as musical ambassador
Nepal/India/Thailand (1971); South America (1980-1985);
Africa (1986); Venezuela (1997); Chile (2002)

Instruments: Banjo, Slide Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Spoons, Bones, Jaw Harp, Harmonica, Paper Bag
Awards: 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 Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame (2012)

Uncle Dave Macon Heritage Award  for promotion and preserving Old Time Music (2011)

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.”

Television: Host of PBS Series:

  • Folkways series (1980 – present)
  • Great Scenic Railway Journeys (2004 – present) on PBS and the Travel Channel worldwide
  • For North Carolina PBS:
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway 2000
  • The Outer Banks 2002
  • NC Mountain Treasures 2005
  • Highway 64
  • An Evening with Doc Watson 1998

Host of TNN’s:

  • Fire on the Mountain (1984 -1987)
  • Celebration Express (1988 -1989)
  • American Music Shop (1989 – 1991)

Guest appearances on Hee Haw (1985-1994)

  • Over 50 appearances

Regular Guest appearances on TNN:

  • Prime Time Country
  • Nashville Now
Radio: Host of Public Radio’s Riverwalk: Classic Jazz from the Landing (1989-present) Guest appearances on Grand Ole Opry (1982-present)
Music Recordings on Highwindy

Cutting Loose with David Holt & Josh Goforth 2007 GRAMMY nominee

David Holt & the Lightning Bolts with Josh Goforth, Laura Boosinger, David Cohen and Zeb Holt 2006

Let It Slide with Sam Bush & Doc Watson 2005

Live And Kickin’ at the National Storytelling Festival  with Zeb Holt 2003 GRAMMY nominee

Legacy with Doc Watson 3 CD set 2003 GRAMMY Award winner

I Got A Bullfrog: Folksongs For The Fun Of It  1994 American Library Association’s “Notable Recordings”

Grandfather’s Greatest Hits 1992 GRAMMY nominee for Best Traditional Folk Recording and PARENTS Magazine’s First PARENTS PRIZE.

Reel & Rock with Doc and Merle Watson 1985 INDIE Award winner Best Folk Recording. 25th Anniversary Reissue in 2010

It Just Suits Me 1981 (June Appal Records)

Instructional Videos – Folk Rhythms, Old-time Banjo
- Levels I, II, III (Homespun Tapes)

Recordings on
Hairyman Meets Tailybone 2006

Spiders In the Hairdo with Bill Mooney 2001 Grammy nominee

Stellaluna 1997 GRAMMY AWARD winner, American Booksellers Association “Pick of the List”, A.L.A. Notable Recording

Why The Dog Chases The Cat: Great Animal Stories 1995 GRAMMY nominee, A.L.A. Notable Recording, NAIRD Award winner

Mostly Ghostly Stories 1995 INDIE Award winner

Tailybone 1985 A.L.A. Notable Recording, INDIE Award winner

Hairyman 1981 A.L.A. Notable Recording

The Hogaphone and Other Stories (video) 1991

Books: Spiders In the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends with Bill Mooney (August House Publishers) (1999)The Exploding Toilet: Modern Urban Legends with Bill Mooney (August House Publishers) (2004)

Ready-To-Tell Tales: Collection of Sure-fire Stories (August House Publishers) (1994)

More Ready-To-Tell Tales: Stories from Around the World (August House Publishers) (2000)

The Storytellers Guide: Complete “How-to” for Storytellers (August House Publishers) (1997)