David Holt and the Lightning Bolts
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David Holt and the Lightning Bolts

Fairview, North Carolina, United States | INDIE

Fairview, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
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"David Holt And The Lightning Bolts"

As David Holt relates it in the liner notes, the Lightning Bolts came together when he was asked to assemble a band for a country music festival in Switzerland four years ago. Though Holt is well known as an old time musician, the festival promoters were insistent that the band have a percussionist, a request that Holt describes a bit understatedly as “unusual” – drummers of any kind being generally about as welcome in old time music gatherings as they are in bluegrass jams. So, having brought aboard Laura Boosinger (guitar), Josh Goforth (fiddle) and his own son Zeb Holt (bass), percussionist David Cohen was added. The result was a band that plays “old time music with a new-time jolt” (or so says the back of the album).
On “Shaky Jake” and “I Can Do It Too” the “jolt” is almost literal, with guest Jack Pearson adding a touch of electric guitar, and a few tracks feature Chuck Cochran on piano. The songs include old standards like “The Titanic,” “Nobody’s Darling But Mine,” “Stagger Lee” and “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town” as well as tunes of more recent vintage like Allen Reynolds’ “Ready For The Times To Get Better” that just sound old, like they’ve been around a hundred years or more.
The musicianship is, of course, impeccable. The disc resonates with energy from start to finish, they’re clearly having a good time at it, and Boosinger’s singing is always a treat. Whether or not it’s what the Swiss think of as old time music isn’t really important enough to worry about. Just take it for what it is, a musical experiment

- Sing Out! Vol. 51 #1 Spring 2007


Cutting Loose with David Holt & Josh Goforth 2007 GRAMMY nominee

David Holt & the Lighting Bolts with Josh Goforth, Laura Boosinger, David Cohen and Zeb Holt 2006

Let It Slide with Sam Bush & Doc Watson 2005

Live And Kickin’ at the National Storytelling Festival with Zeb Holt 2003 GRAMMY nominee

Legacy with Doc Watson 3 CD set 2003 GRAMMY Award winner

I Got A Bullfrog: Folksongs For The Fun Of It 1994 American Library Association’s “Notable Recordings”

Grandfather’s Greatest Hits 1992 GRAMMY nominee for Best Traditional Folk Recording and PARENTS Magazine’s First PARENTS PRIZE.

Reel & Rock with Doc and Merle Watson 1985 INDIE Award winner Best Folk Recording. 25th Anniversary Reissue in 2010

It Just Suits Me 1981 (June Appal Records)



Four-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, and radio and television host. For over thirty years, David has been collecting and performing the songs and stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has learned this treasure trove of music directly from musical greats like Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Tommy Jarrell, Etta Baker and Doc Watson. In addition to making numerous critically-acclaimed recordings, David has hosted popular television programs, such as The Nashville Network's Fire on the Mountain and American Music Shop and was featured in the film O Brother Where Art Thou. David has been host of NC PBS's series Folkways since 1980 and host of Public Radio's Riverwalk Jazz since 1989. He also tours the country performing solo, with Doc Watson, and with his band The Lightning Bolts and as a duo with Josh Goforth. David lives in the mountains near Asheville, NC.