A concert is scheduled for November 22 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC to start production for season 2 of David Holt’s State of Music. The show, created in cooperation with UNC-TV, is syndicated nationally through PBS. Holt hosts, and performs a bit, with top names in old time mountain, folk, and bluegrass music of the Appalachian region.
Attendees will have the chance to watch the show being recorded before it is edited for television. Appearing will be Balsam Range, old time and folk artist Rhiannon Giddens, singer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Goforth, and Gospel singers Wilbur Tharpe and Lena Mae Perry. Bluegrass Today readers may recall Rhiannon from her time with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Josh as fiddler with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.
The series was created by Holt with his friends Will and Deni McIntyre, a pair of documentary filmmakers that live in Western North Carolina. Appalachian folklife has been the focus of several of their projects, including music videos and short films.
Tickets are available to attend the season 2 taping, and DVDs and audio recordings from the first season are offered for sale online.
The producers invite everyone to come be part of the show.