Al and Amy Headline at Rooster's Wife
The Rooster's Wife is bringing warm music to Aberdeen this winter, with the third installment of an all-Sunday January schedule, Jan. 23, at 6:45 p.m.
This week's show is a CD release party for Grammy winning-artist Al Petteway and Amy White.The new recording is described as a "Celtic-infused, Appalachian-inspired lovers' tribute to the mountains on acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, mountain dulcimer, Celtic harp and piano, with a touch of vocals."
Al Petteway has played nearly every type of popular, folk and -classical music as a soloist, as part of an ensemble, or as an onstage accompanist. He established a -reputation as a world-class sideman by playing and recording with artists like Jethro Burns, Peter Rowan, Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Debi Smith, David Wilcox, Maggie Sansone and Bonnie Rideout.
Though his primary instrument has always been the guitar, he also studied lute, string bass, percussion and music composition. His compositions for acoustic fingerstyle guitar are strongly influenced by his love of Celtic music and his own roots in folk, rock and blues. His music was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and as part of the soundtrack for Ken Burns' films "Mark Twain" and the Emmy Award-winning "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."
Petteway's recordings, music books and instructional videos have helped win him international acclaim and appearances on national radio and television programs. He was awarded 45 "Wammies" by the Washington Area Music Association, including the top honors of Artist of the Year and Musician of the Year. He was also the recipient of two Maryland State Arts Council -individual artist awards for music composition. Petteway performed at both the White House and the home of the vice president during the Clinton administration.
He and his wife, Amy White, were artists-in-residence at the Kennedy Center's Millennium and most recently at Warren Wilson College. Petteway's playing is featured on more than 60 recordings by some of the world's best known folk and Celtic musicians. In 2005, he was voted one of the "Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time" by the -readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and in 2008 he won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine's Player's Choice Awards.
He and White won an Indieaward for their duo guitar album "Gratitude," and Petteway won a Grammy for his participation in "Pink Guitar: the Music of Henry Mancini."
In addition to performing in concerts and teaching workshops, Petteway records and teaches private lessons in their home studio in Fairview and is the guitar week coordinator for the world-famous Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College near Asheville.
"Please join the Rooster's Wife for this performance in the gallery of Poplar Knight Spot," says Janet Kenworthy, organizer.
The gallery is totally accessible with parking adjacent to the building at 114 Knight St. in downtown Aberdeen.
Tickets may be purchased online through the website, or at the door with cash or check.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance, and $15 at the door with cash or check.
"Children under 12 are always free at the Rooster's Wife events, furthering the mission of building community through the arts," says Kenworthy.
For more information and the complete schedule,visit www.theroosterswife.org or call (910) 944-7502.
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