Let It Slide
Live and Kickin'
Legacy Wins Grammy
Folkways Kicks Off New Season
O, Brother Where Art Thou?
More Ready-To-Tell Tales - Brand New Release
An Evening With
Doc Watson and David Holt

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Let It Slide

Let It Slide, David’s newest CD adds the slide guitar and original songs to his vast repertoire of musical skills.

David says: “The slide guitar saved my life. After my ten year old daughter, Sara Jane, was killed in a car accident, I actually had to make a list of reasons to stay alive. A friend gave me an old National guitar. I immediately broke off the neck of a wine bottle and started experimenting with slide. The aching, liquid, bluesy notes that came out were an antidote to my pain.” Sam Bush, Doc Watson, Kenny Malone, Byron House and Gina Wammock round out the stellar artists featured on Let It Slide.

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Live and Kickin'

Live & Kickin' at the National Storytelling Festival is multi-Grammy winner David Holt's snapshot edition of his musical and storytelling odyssey over the last forty years. It is a journey full of rollicking good times, laughter and musical adventure.

Travel with David from his beginnings as a Texas bones player to a rock and roll drummer in Southern California in the 60's to a nationally acclaimed Southern Appalachian musician. He learned music and stories from greats like Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Doc Watson, and the oldest person in the world, 123-year-old Susie Brunson.

Tap your toes and sing along as David brings to life his vast array of musical instruments: banjo, slide guitar, washboard, paper bag, Jack Daniel's bottle and more.

Accompanied by his son, Zeb, David will entertain you with humor, music and stories he's lived and gathered from coast to coast. All the stories are true, perhaps bent a little for the listener's ear, but hey, he's a storyteller.

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Legacy Wins Grammy

Great news! Legacy, Doc Watson and David Holt's newest release, just won the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Music Recording of 2002. David won for both artist and producer.

"Legacy is a project we worked hard on and are very proud of it," Holt said after the ceremony February 23 in New York City. "We're delighted fellow members of the Recording Academy recognized the quality of Legacy and honored it with this award."

USA Today writes, "A captivating portrait of Doc Watson...Critic's choice."

Doc calls this win for Legacy "a great honor." He now has six Grammys on his mantle. This makes two for David.

Legacy is a revealing and entertaining portrait of Doc Watson, a man who, for more than half a century, has been a force in the creation, interpretation and preservation of American roots music.

Producer Steven Heller: "Doc and David play amazingly well together. It was joy to work on this project with them, and a pleasure to honor Doc, an inspiration to so many of us. Through all the months we worked on this project, I never tired of hearing Doc sing and play and talk about his life. It was always like we were just having a visit."

This collector's edition contains three CD's of newly recorded conversation and song, as well as a 72-page companion book filled with historical photos, stories and interviews from Doc Watson and his longtime friend and collaborator, David Holt. Together they pass on to you Doc's inspiring life story and generous musical legacy.

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Folkways Kicks Off New Season
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From folk art and folk music to simple pioneer living, many of North Carolina's residents have passed down history and traditions begun by the first state settlers. Folkways, hosted by David Holt, introduces some of the people who strive to keep the state's history alive, either by their splendid handcrafting or continuing an old story or way of life that began in pioneer days.

This season is rich with episodes from September to December, introducing you to some of the Seagrove potters, an old folk legend, folk music and different types of folk art that make North Carolina a state rich in history and culture.

The show airs every Friday at 8:30pm on UNC-TV.

Sept. 13 301 Potters of Seagrove part 1 Nov. 8 106 Face Jugs/Folk Pots
Sept. 20 302 Potters of Seagrove part 2 Nov. 15 202 Pottery Revival
Sept. 27 303 Legend of Tom Dula Nov. 22 102 Music from the Hills
Oct. 4 304 The Guitar Nov. 29 103 Spin/Dye/Weave
Oct. 11 305 Homestead Living Dec. 6 203 Earthskills
Oct. 18 204 Piedmont Blues Dec. 13 107 Toys from the Field
Oct. 25 205 Traditions of the Cherokee Dec 20 208 Workers in Wood
Nov. 1 206 Coastal Carvers Dec 27 209 The Banjo

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O, Brother Where Art Thou?
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O, Brother Where Art Thou?
It was fun doing the film, O Brother Where Art Thou. It came about on very short notice in Dec. of 1999. John Hartford had recorded the music for the Baby Face Nelson scene...an old fiddle tune called Indian War Whoop. He suggested the Coen Bros. call me to play one of the musicians in the film. So on a Monday Joel Coen called and said they needed a press kit from me that day. I told them I live in North Carolina and couldn't get them anything that very day. Luckily, I had just got my website up and told them to check that. They called me later that day and said they wanted to use me for the movie. I left for California on Thursday.

I flew out to California and wend directly to the wardrobe department. They chose my 1930’s outfit from thousands on hand….and it ended up being pretty much what I wear on stage everyday, a fedora, pleated pants and an old tie.

The filming took place on the back lot at Warner Bros. in LA. There is a huge 1930s town set there. I arrived on the set around 5 PM but the scene was not shot until 5 AM...so, since I was considered cast, and not an extra, I was able to hang out with Clooney, John Turturo, Tim Blake Nelson, Holly Hunter, Frances McDarmond (Joels wife) the other cast members and the Coen Bros. Most of the time we sat out by the trailers and sang old time songs. They had done their research and knew quite a few. Of course, music producer T. Bone Burnett (who selected the songs for the movie and produced the sound track) knew a lot of the old time songs...actually, so did Clooney. It was like scout camp with the stars. Clooney was very personable and regaled us with stories about the crazy things they did on the cast of ER. This was the middle of the night...so his buoyant energy was appreciated.

The Coen Brothers are probably in their early 40s. Very casual and friendly. Dressed like NY hippies. They work quietly...constantly thinking about how the scene should look and be shot, taking time to talk to guys like me about the movie and the old time music.

Finally about 5 am they began shooting my scene leading Baby Face Nelson to the electric chair. They filmed it about 4 times. With 300 extras, many carrying burning torches, it took forever. They had to relight and pass out new torches each time. When I was hired I thought I was going to be playing fiddle so I had worked like crazy to learn the tune so I could sync my fingers to the music. As it turned out, my friend Ed Snodderly was also going to be doing the music scene and the Coen Bros. decided he should be the fiddler and I should play mandolin...they said I looked "too normal" for a fiddler. As we shot the scene, Joel Coen kept telling us to act crazier...as though we were drunk. I started dancing wildly and acting goofy, fully expecting the scene to end up on the cutting room floor.

In October of 2000 I started getting emails from England where the movie had been released first. My English friend said, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is you fill the screen and are easy to recognize. You have a full 15 seconds of fame, it is great…but the bad news is you have been billed as ‘the village idiot’!”

It has been a lot fun being connected to the movie…it is amazing how many people have seen it and recognized me acting crazy. O Brother has given a great boost to traditional mountain music and I am glad to have been part of it.

The 2002 Grammys show that there is real public interest in roots music. Who would have thought they would ever see Ralph Stanley as Male Country Vocalist of the Year. Amazing. I really like "the roots" music label. It pulls the traditional music community together into a loose category that everyone can understand. In this culture the media needs to name everything. For the general public, bluegrass or old time or blues is too specific. Roots music doesn't denote any kind of clique...just good soulful music, based on older traditions.

Southern Living Magazine Publishes Article About David
By Sara Askew Orr
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... David's passion for old-time mountain music began when, as a college student in California in the late 1960s, the Texas native attended a concert by banjoist Ralph Stanley. He fell in love with the sound, then followed Stanley's suggestion to explore the Southern mountains, the source of the musical style.

"I wasn't the kind of guy that liked to learn music from books. I wanted to visit the people. So I came here with a friend. We had an old '52 Chevy truck, his dog, and our instruments. We traveled all around the mountains, all summer long, visiting festivals and musicians," David recalls, thinking of that first trip in 1969. There was more than music in the mountains.

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More Ready-To-Tell Tales from Around the World
"A treasury of well-chosen, clear, succinct tales for anyone who has ever yearned to tell a story."
--Dr. Wendy Nowlan, Director, Storytelling Institute, So. Connecticut State University and Board Member, National Storytelling Network

When David Holt and Bill Mooney collaborated on their original Ready-to-Tell Tales in 1994, they knew they had a tiger by the tail. How do you top what School Libray Journal called a "highly recommended...extraordinary collection"? With more terrific stories contributed by seasoned storytellers, and with a number of enhanced features:
  • Stories from forty-four of the world's finest storytellers
  • Age level and audience recommendations
  • Performance tips suggested by the contributing storytellers
  • Background information on the stories
  • An index of cultural sources
  • Thematic section groupings for easy reference
  • Profiles and photographs of the contributing storytellers

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 An Evening With Doc Watson and David Holt
An Evening With Doc Watson and David Holt is a must have collection of music and story from two of traditional music’s great artists.”
-WXYC, Chapel Hill, NC

Recorded live, An Evening With Doc Watson and David Holt, presents folk tunes and mountain wisdom from living legend Doc Watson and storyteller and musician David Holt. “We had a great time,” said Grammy winner Holt. “It was particularly fun for me because I got to play not only banjo, but slide guitar and throw in a little hambone as well.” Doc’s soulful singing and signature guitar playing highlight the recording.

There is plenty of down-to-earth folk wisdom too, as the five-time Grammy Award winner and national treasure shares personal recollections and stories from his long and remarkable Appalachian life. He tells a fascinating version of the “true” story of Tom Dula (his relatives knew everyone involved in the murder and are sure Tom didn’t do it). Doc also tells how he developed his revolutionary guitar style that has influenced every guitar player since.
The music on the CD includes:
  • Way Downtown
  • Soldier’s Joy/Ragtime Annie
  • I’ll Rise When The Rooster Crows
  • Shady Grove
  • Little Log Cabin In The Lane
  • Train That Carried My Girl From Town
  • Life Gets Tee-jus, Don’t It?
  • Tom Dula
  • Raincrow Bill
  • The Death Of John Henry
  • Rovin’ On A Winter’s Night
  • Free Little Bird
  • Talk About Suffering
(Doc Watson can also be heard on David Holt’s recordings Reel And Rock and Grandfather’s Greatest Hits).
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"An Evening With Doc Watson and David Holt"


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