13-year-old guitarist finds his groove at local venues By Holly Beech email@example.com HollyBeechMP Feb 23, 2017 (…) Noble Holt is a 13-year-old guitarist and singer who performs frequently across the Treasure Valley. Photo by Gary Apter Noble Holt, second from left, rocks out on a red guitar with, from left: Jason Griesa; Holt’s grandfather, Cliff Weisgerber; and Russ Martin. The drummer, Brad Breakell, is not visible in the picture. Courtesy of Noble Holt Noble Holt, 13, performs at various venues around the Treasure Valley. “Music just makes sense to me for some reason," he said. Courtesy of Noble Holt Thirteen-year-old musician Noble Holt moved to Boise from Meridian four years ago. He’s hoping to get into the Idaho Fine Arts Academy in Eagle. Courtesy of Noble Holt When Tracy Holt was pregnant with her second son, her husband, Andy, started learning to play guitar.Thirteen years later, that son, Noble Holt, is a frequent performer across the Treasure Valley. Holt said watching his dad and grandpa play sparked his interest in the guitar at age 4.He got his first taste of performing two years ago when he and his friends took first place at a local church's Battle of the Bands competition. × Advertisement Now Holt can be seen almost weekly playing at venues like Destination 112 in Nampa and Playhouse Events and Dinner Theater in Boise. He's the lead vocalist and guitarist with the Noble Holt Band, which also includes a bassist and a drummer.“I play mostly '60s and '70s and rock and the blues,” he said.Some of Holt's favorite songs to cover are “Crossroads” by Eric Clapton and "Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry. He often picks up on how to play a song just by listening to it a few times.Holt said he plays guitar for three to four hours each day.“Not as much as I'd like,” he said.He's written some of his own songs and enjoys jamming with his grandpa, Cliff Weisberger. Local artists Russ Martin, James “JT” Tyler and Zack Quintana have also been influential in his life, he said.“This might sound cheesy or whatever, but I don't get a lot of things in school or just in life, but music just makes sense to me for some reason,” Holt said.Holt moved from Meridian to Boise four years ago and attends Hillside Junior High School. He said he's on a waiting list to get into the Idaho Fine Arts Academy in Eagle, which emphasizes music and the arts.Holt's older and younger brothers both play the drums.The boys' mom, Tracy, said she made a New Year's resolution two years ago to see more live music.“I didn't realize that I would be seeing a lot of live music, but it was going to be my kid,” she said. “It's been awesome.” More from this section Float season on the Boise River starts Saturday Posted: July 26, 2017 Meridian proposes total city budget of $155M Posted: July 26, 2017 Dedication ceremony is Sunday for new Catholic school in Meridian Posted: July 26, 2017 Services for domestic violence victims, special needs community named high priority for Meridian block grant Posted: July 26, 2017 Ian Kelly to replace retiring Richard Lapp as Boise Chorsdmen director Posted: July 26, 2017 HollyBeechMP Follow HollyBeechMP Close Get email notifications on HollyBeechMP daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever HollyBeechMP posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow HollyBeechMP Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!