Doc’s Sidemen Release New CD – Ready For The Times

Image634977265774191354There is a deep river of traditional music running through the mountains of North Carolina.

Grammy Award winners Bryan Sutton, David Holt 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 was a primary influence on all of us. We are following his lead. . .

in performing a wide range of songs and tunes that reach out and grab people. We are not trying to recreate the past. We are playing music for today,” says Holt.

“We want to sound like Western North Carolina,” adds Sutton. “It’s not bluegrass, it’s not old-time, it’s mountain music, and it’s ours. It has a unique kind of bounce.”

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Says Coleman, "The music on this project was recorded pretty much the same way Doc, Merle and I recorded, sitting in a circle playing and singing it live. It felt like coming home. For me it captures not only what the music feels like now, but what it felt like back then."

In addition to being considered one of best modern flatpickers, Bryan Sutton has enjoyed a successful career as a first call session musician. His playing can be heard on many hit recordings across many popular genres.

For the last 40 years, David Holt has learned traditional music from southern mountaineers including Roy Acuff, Etta Baker and 122-year-old Susie Brunson. David accompanied Doc on tour for the last 14 years of Doc’s life. In 2002 their Legacy CD won a Grammy for Best Folk Recording.Image634977265195218239

Bassist T. Michael Coleman played with Doc and Merle Watson for fifteen years as well as with the Seldom Scene and Chesapeake. He has produced recordings for Doc Watson, Seldom Scene, Robin and Linda Williams and many others. T. Michael has had multiple Grammy nominations and wins with Doc and Merle and the Seldom Scene.

Individually and collectively Sutton, Holt and Coleman bring new creativity to an ageless tradition. They are...ready for the times.

"These Grammy winners are blazing a new path while carrying on the rich legacy of Doc Watson." - Merlefest

"Sutton, Holt and Coleman were a big hit. This super-group kept everyone amazed." - Montana Folk Festival

This CD is available from Tunes and CD Baby.   Authorized Broadcasters can preview and download at AirPlayDirect.

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