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"Honey Babe, I'm Bound to Ride" (03:31)


The live episode of “David Holt’s State of Music” features performances by Josh Goforth, Rhiannon Giddens & Friends, the Branchettes and Balsam Range recorded at Western Carolina University’s Bardo Arts Center. Holt kicks off the concert by performing a Ralph Stanley song.

"I Don't Love Nobody and Nobody Loves Me" (02:03)

Holt introduces Josh Goforth, a native of Lonesome Mountain, North Carolina who “has mountain music in his veins.” Goforth joins Holt onstage to perform a Doc Watson tune.

Mouth-bow, Stump Fiddle, and Drovers (03:36)

Holt discusses the Appalachian mouth-bow as he introduces a song he wrote about the “drovers,” who herded livestock around the Carolinas in the 19th century. Goforth shows off an unusual instrument: the “stump fiddle, aka a stick with bottle caps glued to it."

"Greasy Greens" (04:42)

Holt recalls meeting centenarians Susie Brunson and Mary Thompson, who were among the oldest people on the planet when they were alive. Holt and Goforth perform the song Thompson says was her favorite growing up.

"Sittin' on Top of the World" (03:16)

Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett joins Holt and Goforth onstage, playing upright bass. The trio performs a song written by Walter Vinson and popularized by Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Howlin’ Wolf, and others.

"West End Blues" (03:02)

Holt introduces Rhiannon Giddens who first found a national audience as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Giddens sings and plays fiddle with Jason Sypher on upright bass and Dirk Powell on banjo.

"Shake Sugaree" (04:29)

Giddens discusses Elizabeth Cotten; she explains that the singer-songwriter was left-handed and played an upside-down, right-handed guitar, resulting in her unique playing style. Giddens’s trio performs one of Cotten's songs.

"Julie" (06:17)

Giddens introduces a song inspired by a slave narrative account of a conversation between a slave and her mistress that took place as the Union Army was about to liberate their southern plantation. The trio performs the original song from Giddens’s 2017 album “Freedom Highway.”

“Union in Heaven” and “If It Wasn’t for the Lord” (07:13)

Focus shifts to singer Lena Mae Perry and self-taught pianist Wilbur Tharpe of The Branchettes. The duo takes the stage to deliver two soulful gospel selections,

"Moon Over Memphis" (04:13)

Holt introduces Balsam Range, a popular bluegrass acoustic group that hails from Haywood County, North Carolina. The sextet comprised of Surrett, Marc Pruett, Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, and Caleb Smith performs the first of four songs.

“Trains I Missed” (04:03)

Balsam Range performs a former bluegrass song of the year.

“Last Train to Kitty Hawk” (03:30)

Balsam Range performs the first number one song they ever had.

“Stacking Up the Rocks” (02:37)

Balsam Range performs a song inspired by a Biblical passage from Joshua.

“This Little Light of Mine” (02:08)

Holt returns for the final performance of the “David Holt’s State of Music” concert and thanks the show's participants. He is joined by Giddens, Perry, Sypher, Powell, and members of Balsam Range for the night’s last selection written by Harry Dixon Loes. (Credits)

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Part of the Series : David Holt's State of Music, Season 2
3-Year Streaming Price: $169.95



Recorded live onstage, the "David Holt's State of Music" season finale features crossover star Rhiannon Giddens with Dirk Powell and Jason Sypher, blue grass powerhouse Balsam Range, multi-instrumentalist Josh Goforth and gospel torch-bearers The Branchettes.

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL169116

Copyright date: ©2017

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