David Holt’s ‘State of Music’

It’s important to shine a light on the musical traditions associated with North Carolina. And one of the most entertaining and effective efforts in that regard is the public television series David Holt’s State of Music. Launched in 2016, the program hosted by the four-time Grammy winner has welcomed a wide variety of music’s top artists to the program.

Past guests – who perform with Holt on location rather than in a studio – include Rhiannon Giddens, Steep Canyon Rangers, St. John Unity Choir, Sam Bush, Molly Tuttle and many more. Holt says that the series “gives me the chance to introduce phenomenal up and coming young acoustic musicians to a nationwide audience as well as featuring established icons and old friends.”

The Appalachian music-focused program is produced by Will and Deni McIntyre. “We’re seeing real talent in real locations,” says Deni. And Holt is the perfect person to interview and play with these artists, says Will McIntyre. “A lot of them were inspired by the same people who inspired David,” he says. “and some of the young people learned from or were influenced by David.” The series’ fourth season – featuring guests Taj Mahal, Della Mae, Josh Goforth and more – premiered this fall.