Tar Heel Troubadours: Shannon Whitworth and Woody Platt

Tar Heel Troubadours: Shannon Whitworth and Woody Platt


Husband and wife duo Woody Platt and Shannon Whitworth of Brevard each have a unique history of musical accomplishments. A silver lining of the global pandemic has been more time at home, which has allowed them to play, write, record, and perform together. They have curated a set of music comprised mostly of Whitworth’s original songs.

Shannon Whitworth’s swoon-inducing musical style was first showcased in her Asheville-produced solo debut, 2007’s No Expectations. She followed it with 2009’s critically acclaimed Water Bound, an album that drew comparisons to Emmylou Harris’s Wrecking Ball. Whitworth is a songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. She has garnered praise in outlets ranging from People magazine to Garden & Gun. Her reinterpretation of Americana—a la Mark Knopfler meets Norah Jones and Julie London—has garnered Whitworth prime appearances from Philadelphia Folk Festival to Yosemite’s Strawberry Music Festival to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. She is also an acclaimed artist and spends much of her time in her art studio these days. She was quoted in WALTER magazine saying, “My art is how I see the world . . . And my music is how I hear it.”

Woody Platt, a Brevard native, was a founding member of the Grammy award-winning band Steep Canyon Rangers. During Platt’s tenure with Steep Canyon Rangers, the band won multiple awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a Grammy award with three total Grammy nominations. It also was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Since retiring from Steep Canyon Rangers in summer 2022, Platt has been working on solo recording projects, including a debut single “One Last Goodbye,” which features an all-star bluegrass lineup and writing by Chris Stapleton. The single spent several months in the number one position on the bluegrass charts.

A music performance at the North Carolina Museum of History is unlike any other! You’ll enjoy an intimate experience with an artist in our 300-seat venue. Every seat in the house has a fantastic view and exceptional sound. The Tar Heel Troubadours series works to keep music accessible to our community by keeping ticket prices affordable. Visit the museum’s website for up-to-date information and tickets.