"David Holt's State of Music" Season 2 premiered April 2017.

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About Season 2

Season 2 of "David Holt's State of Music" showcases top acoustic performers of traditional music filmed on location in the Southern mountains. Featured artists include the Steep Canyon Rangers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Kruger Brothers, Mipso, Laurelyn Dossett, Dom Flemons, Amythyst Kiah, Rayna Gellert, Alice Gerrard, and the St. John AME Zion Unity Choir. The season finale, recorded live onstage, features Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, Jason Sypher, Balsam Range, Josh Goforth, and The Branchettes. Musical styles include traditional ballad singing, blues, old-time string band, African-American gospel, bluegrass, three-fingered banjo, slide guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, mouth bow and even stump fiddle.

Read more about the episodes below.

A Closer Look At "David Holt's State Of Music" Season 2

More About Season 2

Episode 1 | Steep Canyon Rangers

David visits with the Steep Canyon Rangers on location at a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Brevard, NC.

Episode 2 | Glencoe Mill - Alice Gerrard, Rayna Gellert and Laurelyn Dossett

In a 19th century textile mill, David talks and plays mill songs with bluegrass legend Alice Gerrard, singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett, and fiddle virtuoso Rayna Gellert. 

Episode 3 | Wayne Henderson and Jeff Little

Wayne Henderson shares some secrets of guitar-making, and Jeff Little shows that the piano can be an outstanding bluegrass instrument.

Episode 4 | Amythyst Kia and Mipso

David visits with breakout artist Amythyst Kiah, who puts a fresh spin on old tunes, and interviews the young band Mipso, known for their close harmonies and original material. 

Episode 5 | The Kruger Brothers

David introduces viewers to the virtuoso Kruger Brothers, Swiss masters of American traditional music transplanted to the mountains of Wilkes County, NC.

Episode 6 | Doyle Lawson and St. John Unity Choir

David interviews bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson about his life in music and travels to Wilson, NC to hear the St. John AME Zion Unity Choir.

Episode 7 | Dom Flemons and David Holt

At a historic general store, David visits with “American Songster” Dom Flemons, a founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Episode 8 | Onstage!

Recorded live onstage, the 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.

"David Holt's State of Music" is produced by the Will & Deni McIntyre Foundation and presented by UNC Center for Public TV.

Made possible by The Robin Rhea Bigelow Foundation, Explore Asheville, The Perry N. Rudnick Endowment of the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, J. Lyles Gleen Family Charitable Fund, Harrah's Cherokee and NewBridge Bank.

Learn more at davidholttv.org

A complete list is available here.

Will & Deni FilmsAshevilleBlue Ridge Music Trails of North CarolinaA Bar A RanchThe Perry N. Rudnick Endowment of the Community Foundation of Henderson CountyNewBridge BankHarrah's CherokeeJ. Lyles Gleen Family Charitable Fund

The Robin Rhea Bigelow Foundation

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