David Holt & Amythyst Kiah
Saturday, May 20th @ 7 pm
at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) Map➚
$25 general admission & $30 VIP
(includes reserve seating & custom letterpress poster)
Day of Show Tickets = $35 general admission & $40 VIP
David Holt is a four-time Grammy Award winner and host of the critically acclaimed PBS/UNC-TV show "David Holt's State of Music," which spotlights masters of the American music genre in hopes of introducing them to a broader audience. For this special Crossroads @ SECCA performance, David will recreate his hit television show live onstage, including performances with his own band as well as with special guest Amythyst Kiah. It's sure to be an incredible night of music and storytelling. David has been an advocate for traditional mountain music and Southern folk tales for several decades. He has immersed himself in Appalachian culture, collecting stories and songs, which are at the core of his performances. He plays ten instruments including a 122 year-old mountain banjo. This collection of songs and tales are archived in the Library of Congress. A native of Garland, Texas, Holt moved to California, where he graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in biology and art. He founded and directed the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College. Since 1981, he has pursued a full-time career in entertainment.
Amythyst Kiah music draws heavily from Old Time sources(Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family) and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and Country music from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She inspired by contemporary artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae, Thom Yorke, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt). Her solo album, "Dig", is raw and sparse, with heavy lyrical content regarding such themes as loss, betrayal, and murder. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Edinburgh Blues Festival and was recently featured on the PBS show "David Holt's State of Music.").