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.

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.”


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