Fantastic New CD – Season 2 of David Holt’s State of Music

This is a collection of performances from Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated series David Holt’s State of Music, which is distributed nationwide by PBS.

The series is filmed on location in the Southern mountains and features host David Holt sharing tunes and stories with modern masters of American traditional music. Artists featured in Season 2 include the Steep Canyon Rangers, the progressive bluegrass band that got its break touring with comedian Steve Martin; the European-born Kruger Brothers, virtuosos on banjo and guitar; the young band Mipso, all recently students at UNC-Chapel Hill; bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver; powerhouse vocalist Amythyst Kiah; famous guitar-maker Wayne Henderson with bluegrass pianist Jeff Little; Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; the Unity Choir of St. John AME Zion Church; and Alice Gerrard, grand-dame of bluegrass women, performing with fiddler Rayna Gellert and singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett.

Season 2 also includes a one-hour stage performance filmed at the Bardo Arts Center of Western Carolina University. It unites David with artists from Season 1. “West End Blues” and “Shake Sugaree” (Rhiannon Giddens with Jason Sypher and Dirk Powell), “Greasy Greens” (David Holt and Josh Goforth), “Last Train to Kitty Hawk” (Balsam Range), “I Don’t Love Nobody” (Josh Goforth and David Holt), “If It Wasn’t for the Lord” (The Branchettes), and “Sittin’ On Top of the World” (Josh Goforth, Tim Surrett, and David) were all recorded at the concert.

David Holt says, “This collection really highlights the diversity of American traditional music and the performers who are drawn to it from different directions. From a veteran like Doyle Lawson, who in his youth studied with the great Jimmy Martin, to a young performer like Amythyst Kiah, who learns from the Internet, the scope of the music is bound to amaze listeners.”

Release Date: April 3, 2017

Track List
1. Greasy Greens | David Holt, Josh Goforth 2:53
2. West End Blues | Rhiannon Giddens and Friends 2:43
3. Monumental Fool | Steep Canyon Rangers 3:49
4. Watches the Clouds Roll By | Kruger Brothers 5:08
5. Last Train to Kitty Hawk | Balsam Range 3:19
6. Brother Have You Heard | Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver 2:06
7. Louise | Mipso 4:28
8. Leaving Eden | Laurelyn Dossett 4:09
9. Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine | Dom Flemons 2:21
10. Roll On Buddy | Wayne Henderson,Jeff Little,David Holt 2:55
11. Shake Sugaree | Rhiannon Giddens and Friends 3:51
12. I Don’t Love Nobody | Josh Goforth, David Holt 1:24
13. Darling Corey | Amythyst Kiah 4:04
14. Swannanoa Waltz | Rayna Gellert 2:48
15. Calling Me Home | Alice Gerrard 2:19
16. If It Wasn’t for the Lord | The Branchettes 3:01
17. Sittin’ On Top of the World | Josh Goforth, Tim Surrett 2:48
18. Take Me Back | St. John AME Zion Unity Choir 3:09

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