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David Holt, multiple Grammy Award-winning North Carolina “American Folk” musician and storyteller



  A summer of ‘69 road trip through Southern Appalachia struck a cord with musician David Holt and determined his future as a passionate advocate for traditional American folk music and the rural story telling tradition. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a conversation with David Holt along with some of his music, and a sampler of his craft as a storyteller. 

Holt, elected to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2016 has been nominated for nine Grammies, and winner of four. He is a sought after performer at live concerts throughout the Southeast. 

You might know Holt as the host of the syndicated Public Radio show “Riverwalk Jazz” broadcast from San Antonio, Texas. He’s appeared on numerous Nashville Network TTN shows and spent nine years as a regular on Hee Haw from 1980 through 1989.

He was featured in the Hollywood film, Brother Where Art Thou, and served as host of Nashville Network’s Fire on the Mountain and American Music Shop. Since 2004, Holt has hosted the Great Scenic Railways Television series airing over PBS stations across the country.  

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.