Morgantown will host a celebration of Appalachian life and music when folk singers Doc Watson and David Holt bring theHills of Hometo the WVU Creative Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 2. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Hills of Homeis an exciting musical evening featuring folk tunes and mountain wisdom from living legend Doc Watson, and storyteller and musician David Holt. The duo plays music from their hit CD Legacy, the winner of a 2002 Grammy award for Best Traditional Folk Recording.
The concert promises plenty of down-to-earth folk wisdom as Watson, a National Medal of Arts and National Heritage Fellowship recipient, is sure to share personal recollections and stories from his long and remarkable Appalachian life.
ArthelDocWatson was born in Deep Gap, N.C. on March 3, 1923. Watson lost his sight while he was still an infant but learned to play guitar and banjo as a young teenager. It wasnt until age 30 that Watson began playing gigs for money. Seven years later in 1960, he recorded his first album.
Watson went on to produce dozens of recordings, win six Grammy awards and perform in legendary venues including Carnegie Hall and Gerdes Folk City in Greenwich Village. Watson is best known for his genius flat-picking technique. While presenting Watson with the National Medal of the Arts in 1997, President Bill Clinton said,There may not be a serious, committed baby boomer alive who didnt at some point in his or her youth try to spend a few minutes at least trying to learn to pick a guitar like Doc Watson.
David Holt is known for his folk music and storytelling recordings, his numerous programs on TNT , Folkways on PBS , Riverwalk on public radio, and for his popular concerts performed throughout the country. Holt was also founder and director of the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College from 1975 to 1981.
Watson and Holt will be joined on stage by Docs grandson, Richard Watson. Richard began traveling with his grandfather after a tragic tractor accident claimed the life of Docs son, Merle, in 1985. Merle and Doc had traveled and played together for 20 years, recorded more than 20 albums and won four Grammy awards.
Watsons life experiences�€both tragic and triumphant�€have certainly contributed to his music. All Music Guide writes that Watsonsings and picks with a pure and emotional authenticity.
Tickets are $33, $35 and $40, depending on seat location, and may be purchased at Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online atticketmaster.comor through the Ticketmaster Phone Center at 292-0220. Tickets may also be purchased at Giant Eagle near the Mountaineer Mall or FYE in the Meadowbrook Mall.
The University Art Series is produced by WVU Arts&Entertainment. For more event information, call 304-293-SHOW, or visit us online atevents.wvu.edu.