David Holt and his Signature Deering Banjo

David Holt

Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, artist, historian and radio and television host. For more than forty years, he as collected and performed the songs and stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He learned this treasure trove of music directly from musical greats including Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Tommy Jarrell, Etta Baker and Grandpa Jones.

In addition to making numerous critically acclaimed recordings, Holt is host of popular television programs including the PBS series David Holt’s State of Music, Folkways and Great Scenic Railway Journeys. He was featured in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou and was host of the Nashville Network’s Fire On the Mountain and American Music Shop. In 2016 David was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. 

We are honored to make David's Signature Deering banjo. It was designed together with his old time style of playing in mind. It is an openback with a 4" Deep rim, over an inch deeper than the average openback banjo and a Grenadillo wood tone ring. This gives the deep warm tones we like to hear in the old time Appalachian music.