Doc Watson, David Holt to bring ‘Hills of Home’ concert to ETSU

“Hills of Home,” a show of folk tunes and mountain wisdom from living legend Doc Watson and storyteller and musician David Holt, will be presented at East Tennessee State University on Thursday, April 14.

This concert, sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at ETSU, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.
“We cover the gamut of mountain musical traditions from old-time to bluegrass, from ballads to blues,” says Holt. “It is particularly fun for me, because I get to play not only banjo, but slide guitar, and throw in a little hambone as well.” Doc Watson’s soulful singing and signature guitar playing highlight the show, and the two are joined by Watson’s grandson, Richard Watson.

“Legacy,” the CD that relates to the concert and covers much of the same ground, was honored with a 2002 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Folk Recording.”

The show includes plenty of down-to-earth folk wisdom, as National Medal of Arts and National Heritage Fellowship recipient Doc Watson shares personal recollections and stories from his long and remarkable Appalachian life. In 2004, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys, and he has eight Grammy Awards to his credit. He has been called “a living national treasure” for his virtuoso flat-picking and his repertoire of traditional folk and bluegrass music. He inaugurated MerleFest following the death of his son, Merle, in a tractor accident.

Holt is known for his folk music and storytelling recordings, his numerous programs on The Nashville Network, his hosting of “Folkways” on public television and “Riverwalk” on public radio, and his concerts performed throughout the country. He has collected songs and stories for over 30 years in the Southern Appalachian mountains, and he appeared as a musician in the popular film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” A four-time Grammy Award winner, Holt has also been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough.

Richard Watson, son of Merle Watson, lives in Deep Gap, N.C., where he carries on the musical tradition of his famous family. He joined the ranks of Grammy nominees with his father and grandfather with the 1999 release of “Third Generation Blues.”

Admission to the concert is $20 for the general public, $15 for seniors age 60 and up, and $5 for students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at

To purchase tickets by phone, or for more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at (423) 439-TKTS (8587).


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