Four-time Grammy Award winner, David Holt and Grammy Nominees, Josh Goforth and Zeb Holt, bring to life the joy and spirit of mountain music and storytelling. Carolina Heroes presents tales, ballads and tunes sung with the banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, bones, jaw harp and an array of other unusual instruments. For over 50 years, David has learned this treasure trove of folklore directly from musical greats of the Carolinas like Doc Watson, Etta Baker, Earl Scruggs (the oldest person in the world, 123-year-old Susie Brunson) and even the great Dizzy Gillespie. With photographs, music, stories and humor David, Josh and Zeb present the traditional music from the Blue Ridge to the Low Country. A fascinating evening for everyone.
2019 has been a busy year for David as season four of his acclaimed PBS television show “David Holt’s State of Music” begins airing nationwide. In addition to multiple award-winning recordings, Holt is a long time host of numerous PBS television shows including “Folkways” and “Great Scenic Railway Journeys” and public radio’s “Riverwalk Jazz”. He was featured in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou. In 2016, David was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Southern Living magazine recently featured David as a “Southerner Making a Difference.” David is joined on stage by his son, Zeb, who has been playing music with his father since he was twelve years old. Zeb plays bass, guitar and keyboard in a variety of musical groups.
Musician extraordinaire Josh Goforth is descended from many of the old-timers David learned from in the mountains of Madison County, NC. He is one of the finest musicians in North Carolina, playing everything from guitar and fiddle to piano. He played fiddle for the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack. In 2000, 2003, and 2005, he was named Fiddler of the Festival at the renowned Fiddler’s Grove Music Festival, making him the youngest ever three time winner, securing him the title “Master Fiddler.”