Pat Smathers kicks off campaign with statewide David Holt concert tour

If you have had the pleasure of seeing David Holt perform, you already know why I am so excited to announce David will be headlining the “It Makes Sense” concert tour, a six-city event kicking off my campaign for lieutenant governor.

David is one of North Carolina’s most talented musicians, whose mountain songs and stories have earned him four Grammies. He’s accomplished in many media: You may have heard him hosting Riverwalk: Classic Jazz from the Landing on public radio, or seen him on television as a guest on the Grand Ole Opry, or as the host of Folkways. But that’s not what I like best about David: The reason I asked him to help me spread my message of local leadership, statewide is that his work beautifully celebrates the common citizens who form the core of my campaign.

When David wanted to learn mountain music – he’s since mastered ten acoustic instruments, not counting the paper bag he sometimes plays in his shows – he didn’t go to school or read a book. He embarked on an educational journey through our region, visiting with singing coal miners, banjo makers and a 122-year old washboard player.

Just like David, I believe in the wisdom of our local people. I know our hometown leaders already have the answers for the challenges facing our state: It’s our job to empower and support them in putting those answers into action.

As I’ve traveled throughout North Carolina, I’ve heard the same thing from citizens everywhere frustrated by the concentration of power in Raleigh: My ideas make sense. If you agree, I hope you will join us at one of the six concerts on the “It Makes Sense” tour. Tickets are only $35, and can be purchased online at Just click on the concert ad on the left side of the page.

Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

The “It Makes Sense” Concert Tour
all shows start at 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 Winston-Salem
Oct. 19 Durham
Oct. 22 Charlotte
Jan. 9 Greenville
Jan. 10 Wilmington
Feb. 20 Asheville