Arts and Music

David Holt's State of Music

"David Holt's State of Music" features music from emerging young artists as well as veteran masters. Shot entirely on location in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina, the series showcases the musical heritage and scenic beauty of Southern Appalachia while introducing viewers to bluegrass, roots music, blues, new acoustic, and gospel music genres.

John Doyle, Andrew Finn Magill, and Will MacMorran

24m 41s

Celtic folk music thrives in America as well as on its home turf. David visits with masters of Celtic music John Doyle, Will MacMorran, and Andrew Finn Magill.

Episodes

  • Darrell Scott: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Darrell Scott

    S6 E5 - 24m 41s

    David visits with renowned singer-songwriter Darrell Scott, whose music is intensely personal but also universal.

  • Ruthie Foster: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ruthie Foster

    S6 E4 - 24m 41s

    Blues artist Ruthie Foster has a voice like liquid gold and a distinctive way with old songs that makes you think you’re hearing them for the first time.

  • Becky Buller: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Becky Buller

    S6 E3 - 24m 41s

    Becky Buller is a powerhouse fiddler and bluegrass vocalist with impressive songwriting chops. Find out why she’s an enthusiastic songwriter but a reluctant band leader.

  • Jontavious Willis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jontavious Willis

    S6 E2 - 24m 41s

    David visits with Jontavious Willis, a young guitarist and singer from Georgia who embodies the rhythms and feeling of traditional country blues.

  • David Holt, Paul Brown, Terri McMurray: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    David Holt, Paul Brown, Terri McMurray

    S6 E1 - 24m 41s

    Host David Holt talks to Paul Brown and Terri McMurray about their mentor Tommy Jarrell, and they play the old fiddle tune “Sally Ann.”

Extras + Features

  • John Doyle - “Willie Taylor”: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    John Doyle - “Willie Taylor”

    S6 E6 - 3m 22s

    Masters of Celtic music John Doyle, Andrew Finn Magill, and Will MacMorran play the traditional ballad “Willie Taylor.”

  • Episode 6 Preview | Celtic Music Masters: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 6 Preview | Celtic Music Masters

    S6 E6 - 30s

    Celtic folk music thrives in America as well as on its home turf. David visits with masters of Celtic music John Doyle, Will MacMorran, and Andrew Finn Magill.

  • Darrell Scott at the Piano: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Darrell Scott at the Piano

    S6 E5 - 3m 9s

    Renowned singer-songwriter Darrell Scott plays an excerpt from one of his best-known songs, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.”

  • Episode 4 Preview | Ruthie Foster: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 Preview | Ruthie Foster

    S6 E4 - 30s

    Blues artist Ruthie Foster has a voice like liquid gold and a distinctive way with old songs that makes you think you’re hearing them for the first time.

  • Becky Buller Band: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Becky Buller Band

    S6 E3 - 3m 8s

    Host David Holt talks to Becky Buller about teaching music, and her band plays an original bluegrass tune called “Inglewood Upon Stratford.”

  • Episode 3 Preview | Becky Buller: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 Preview | Becky Buller

    S6 E3 - 30s

    Becky Buller is a powerhouse fiddler and bluegrass vocalist with impressive songwriting chops. Find out why she’s an enthusiastic songwriter but a reluctant band leader.

  • Episode 2 Preview | Jontavious Willis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 Preview | Jontavious Willis

    S6 E2 - 30s

    David visits with Jontavious Willis, a young guitarist and singer from Georgia who embodies the rhythms and feeling of traditional country blues.

Schedule

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    David Holt's State of Music

    Della Mae

    Friday
    Jan 27

    30 Minutes

    The women of the bluegrass band Della Mae mentor young female players across the world.
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    David Holt's State of Music

    Darin and Brooke Aldridge With John Cowan

    Saturday
    Jan 28

    30 Minutes

    Award-winning duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge perform with John Cowan at the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, N.C.
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    David Holt's State of Music

    Taj Mahal

    Wednesday
    Feb 1

    30 Minutes

    Blues musician Taj Mahal explains how he got his name, how he almost became a farmer, and what it's like touring with The Rolling Stones.
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    David Holt's State of Music: TVSS: Iconic

    David Holt's State of Music

    Thursday
    Feb 2

    30 Minutes

    Modern masters of traditional music take center stage in this series hosted by four-time Grammy Award-winning musician David Holt. Filmed on location in the mountains of North Carolina, artists featured include Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; fiddle and banjo player Bruce Molsky; bluegrass group Balsam Range; bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers; pianist Jeff Little; and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Produced by the Will and Deni McIntyre Foundation, the series is presented by UNC-TV.
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    David Holt's State of Music: TVSS: Iconic

    David Holt's State of Music

    Saturday
    Feb 4

    30 Minutes

    Modern masters of traditional music take center stage in this series hosted by four-time Grammy Award-winning musician David Holt. Filmed on location in the mountains of North Carolina, artists featured include Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; fiddle and banjo player Bruce Molsky; bluegrass group Balsam Range; bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers; pianist Jeff Little; and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Produced by the Will and Deni McIntyre Foundation, the series is presented by UNC-TV.
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    David Holt's State of Music: TVSS: Iconic

    David Holt's State of Music

    Wednesday
    Feb 8

    30 Minutes

    Modern masters of traditional music take center stage in this series hosted by four-time Grammy Award-winning musician David Holt. Filmed on location in the mountains of North Carolina, artists featured include Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; fiddle and banjo player Bruce Molsky; bluegrass group Balsam Range; bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers; pianist Jeff Little; and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Produced by the Will and Deni McIntyre Foundation, the series is presented by UNC-TV.

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