Mentors & Heroes Photography Exhibit at WPL

To celebrate the Walnut Valley Festival and Winfield’s place in bluegrass history, the Winfield Public Library is hosting Mentors and Heroes, a photography exhibit by musician, storyteller, and photographer David Holt. This exhibit showcases 39 photographs taken by Holt between 1969 and 2014 as he played with everyone from Doc Watson to Etta Baker to Earl Scruggs. Mentors and Heroes also features lesser-known personalities such as Tommy Bell, a talented fiddler who at one time lived down the street from Holt.  Throughout the exhibit, Holt showcases the talented people who taught and played with him. The exhibit will run from late August through mid-October at the Winfield Public Library.

Etta Baker, 1995, photo by David Holt

Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, radio and television host, and photographer. For more than forty years he has collected and performed the song 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 hosts 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 Networks Fire On the Mountain and American Music Shop.

From 1998-2012 David performed with Doc Watson. “A highlight of my career,” says Holt. In 2016 Holt was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 2021 he was presented the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor.