Holland Puckett

Biography by

b. 15 July 1899, The Hollow, Patrick County, Virginia, USA, d. 28 July 1934. Puckett, a fine singer, also played guitar, banjo and harmonica. Little is known of his early life but by the time he reached…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography by

b. 15 July 1899, The Hollow, Patrick County, Virginia, USA, d. 28 July 1934. Puckett, a fine singer, also played guitar, banjo and harmonica. Little is known of his early life but by the time he reached maturity, he had relocated to Mount Airy, North Carolina and earned his living working as a bookkeeper. In his spare time, he began to play with various groups of musicians in the area. His singing attracted the attention of the early recording companies and in 1927/8, with his own guitar and harmonica accompaniment, he recorded three sessions for Gennett in Richmond, Indiana. He recorded, in all, some 20 sides with material that varied from ‘A Mother’s Advice’, ‘The Broken Engagement’, ‘The Dying Cowboy’ (probably his best known recording) and ‘Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet’ to ‘Drunken Hiccoughs’ and ‘The Key Hole In The Door’. For some reason some recordings appeared as Si Puckett and others under the pseudonym Harvey Watson. The Depression prevented him making further recordings and Puckett’s life came to an untimely end in July 1934, when he died of a knife wound received during a dispute over a card game.