Deep in the heart of southern Appalachia, sounds from the Mississippi delta echo through the lush mountain air. The ghosts of Son House, Robert Johnson, and Skip James slide across the fretboard of a well-worn Gibson guitar, haunting the delicate, yet strong, fingers of an emerging artist.
Heidi Holton is turning heads with her mastery of the music of the deep south. Original and fresh, traditional with a contemporary flair, her songwriting shines like the sweat glistening on the brow of a Piedmont preacher behind the pulpit on a sultry Sunday afternoon. Following in the footsteps of guitar-slingers like Memphis Minnie and Reverend Gary Davis, Heidi Holton is making a name for herself in the blues community.
When an opportunity to study with one of her favorite guitarists arose, Holton strapped an acoustic guitar to the back of her motorcycle and headed north to Ohio. At the Fur Peace Ranch, she found a mentor and kindred spirit in the legendary Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) and quickly became an accomplished finger picker and slide guitar player.
It wasn’t long before people began to take notice, including blues woman and national treasure Rory Block, who has produced Holton’s sophomore release “Why Mama Cries.” Popular demand keeps Heidi busy, playing about 150 shows a year to a wide variety of audiences. She has opened for notorious bluesman Roy Bookbinder and slide guitar hero Tommy Talton, and has become a regular performer at the Arts and Minds Festival at the Fur Peace Ranch.
Join Heidi on her journey as she answers the call to tend an eternal flame that will set the hearts of the next generation of blues fans ablaze.