“In a year that featured some of the best and most varied talent we have ever assembled for the Festival, we were astounded, but not surprised at the response of our audiences for the stellar performances of super-group Sutton, Holt and Coleman. The tradition of fast and furious picking, storytelling and Appalachian traditions is healthy, strong and carried forward in a singular fashion by these remarkable musicians.Thank you for gracing our stages.”
Montana Folk Festival
“These Grammy winners are blazing a new path while carrying on
the legacy of Doc Watson. ”
There is a deep river of traditional music running through North Carolina. Grammy Award winners David Holt, Bryan Sutton, and T. Michael Coleman explore the richness of that musical culture. Each has been inspired by and performed with Doc Watson over the years and honor his musical genius. “Doc has been a primary influence on all three of us and we want to follow his lead in performing a wide range of traditionally-based songs and tunes that really reach out and grab a crowd.”Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt has accompanied Doc Watson on tour for the last 14 years of Doc’s life. In 2002 their Legacy CD won a Grammy for Best Folk Recording. David has spent the last 35 years collecting and performing traditional music from southern mountaineers including Roy Acuff and 122-year-old Susie Brunson.
Bryan Sutton has been called the finest acoustic guitarist in America. He is five-time winner of the IBMA Guitarist of the Year Award and in 2007 won a Grammy award with Doc Watson for Best Instrumental.
Bassist T. Michael Coleman played with Doc and Merle Watson for seventeen years as well as with the Seldom Scene and Chesapeake. He later toured with Doc and David . T. Michael is also an award winning videographer and film maker.
Individually and collectively Sutton, Holt and Coleman brings new creativity to an ageless tradition. They are...ready for the times.