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Jorma kaukonen

People often ask me if I ever worry about the future of our music. With artists like Heidi… the future is safe.

The Sylva Herald

Annie Fain Liden-Barralon

 - Music & Dance Coordinator, John C. Campbell Folk School

Heidi Holton's music is as sweet and solid as she is a person.  Her technique is clean yet raw and her stage presence is relaxed and witty.  Listeners love her truly authentic, solo blues sound and we can’t wait to have her back again at the John C. Campbell Folk School!

The Andrews Journal

Rick Kinsey

 - Producer of the Deep Cuts Radio Show  

The new CD from Heidi Holton, Mockingbird Blues, is 10 tracks of acoustic folk/blues that is unique and entertaining.  She takes you on a journey of her past and weaves the tales together with her beautiful guitar work.


The Cherokee Scout

Walt Sample

 - Big Mule Music 

Heidi is a treasure! A rare mix of soul fueled songwriting paired with powerful primal guitar skills. yourself all over town in plain sight you will not be found...Mockingbird Blues. ...were ladies dressed in black with silver buttons dancing down our backs...We Are The People. Get a quart Mason jar; mix in 4 fingers Tony Joe White swampy moonshine and 4 fingers Bonnie Raitt sweet dandelion wine. Shake it up and add some smooth Jorma Kaukonen tone. Yep. That's the formula...

The Cherokee Scout

Frank Lee

 - Musician/Songwriter

A purveyor of Country Blues and a powerhouse performer, Heidi Holton is a n unassuming master of fingerpicking and slide guitar.  Her original songs reflect her passion for the Southern Blues tradition in a voice you will want to hear again and again.

Ben Woody

 - Adult Services Supervisor, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, North Carolina 

The first thing the listener notices when listening to Heidi Holton is her intense commitment to communicating with her music. She speaks sonically with her amazing blues/slide technique, her voice alternates between growly blues singing and plaintive, soulful integrity, and her lyrics are poetic and meaningful. She has what can only be called "an old soul", at least in performance. Between songs, she is delightfully cheerful and a great, funny storyteller. When she plays at our Library, every person in attendance profusely thanks me for encouraging them to come. I can think of no higher praise.

Smoky Mountain News

Hailing from Murphy (via Gainesville), Holton is a striking acoustic blues singer, well versed in slide guitar and howling harmonies. Her father ran a radio shop in Florida and recorded blues musicians who passed through town. As a kid, Holton discovered the reel-to-reel tapes and became utterly fascinated with the blues, a genre that gets in your blood and slowly takes over your whole aura. At 34, Holton, a sultry and vibrant soul, radiates the essence of the blues — passion, mystery and seduction through six-strings of heartache and redemption. Stay tuned for her debut album, expected to drop this fall.

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