Guide to the Kelly Gentry's Interview of and Paper About David Holt, 2008

Summary Information

Title: Kelly Gentry's Interview of and Paper About David Holt, 2008
Collection: AC.473
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder-2 DVDs and paper)

This collection consists of a DVD of an interview of David Holt by Kelly Gentry in 2008. Also includes a research paper written by Ms. Gentry for Drs. Ballard and McGowan, December 8, 2008.

Creator: Gentry, Kelly

Biographical/Historical Note

Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous award winning recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales.

Holt is well known for his television and radio series. He is host of public television’s Folkways, a North Carolina program that takes the viewer through the Southern Mountains visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians.

After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara magna cum laude in biology and art, Holt turned toward the southeastern mountains to pursue his growing interest in traditional music and storytelling. He moved to western North Carolina and immersed himself in the vital folk culture there. While collecting the traditional music of the mountains, Holt discovered folktales and true-life stories, which he began integrating into his concerts. He has been exploring and performing this unique form of entertainment ever since, using traditional music and stories in all his performances.

In 1975, Holt founded and directed the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. It is the only program of its kind in which students study, collect and learn traditional music and dance.

Since 1981, Holt has pursued a full-time career in entertainment. Today, he brings to the concert stage the fun and spirit of old-time music and storytelling. An evening with David Holt offers tales, ballads and tunes told, sung and played on the banjo, slide guitar, guitar, harmonica, bones, spoons and jaw harp. His audiences are constantly involved, learning to play the paper bag, applauding the vitality of his clog dancing, listening to the haunting sound of a 122 year old mountain banjo, or being spellbound by a ghost story. (Information from David Holt's website:

Scope and Contents

An interview on DVD of David Holt from 2008. He was interviewed by Kelly Gentry. There is also a paper titled David Holt: Connecting the Folkways of Appalachian Music and Storytelling. An archival copy of the DVD is available.


There is no formal arrangement to this collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was a donation from Kelly Gentry, given to Dr. Sandy Ballard for deposition in the collection, in February 2009. Accession number AC.2009.004

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, July 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.473: Kelly Gentry's Interview of and Paper About David Holt, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA

Container List

Kelly Gentry's Interview of David Holt [DVD with User Copy], 2008 ACSC_Box 21, Folder 17
David Holt: Connecting the Folkways of Appalachian Music and Storytelling paper, by Kelly Gentry, December 8, 2008 ACSC_Box 21, Folder 17