AL PETTEWAY & AMY WHITE have their signature sound — a kind of Celtic and Appalachian Acoustic Groove with original New Age spin. You may recognize these two Weaverville musicians from their annual Swannanoa Solstice shows in downtown Asheville, from their previous performances for the Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse series, or from a TV show you may have caught on your local PBS channel. Al is a Grammy-winning fingerstyle guitarist and is coordinator for Guitar Week at The Swannanoa Gathering. Al and Amy have released over 21 full-length recordings. They have received multiple honors for their musical works, including the coveted Indie Award, 5 Governor’s citations from the Maryland State Arts Council, and 50 awards from the Washington Area Music Association. Several of Al and Amy’s instrumental compositions are featured in Ken Burns documentaries, most notably The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Dust Bowl, and The Roosevelts.
For singer-songwriter ANNIE LALLEY, making things beautiful is as natural as breathing. Whether it is the soulful rock-path flower garden behind her Asheville, North Carolina home or the flowing songs she spins from the threads of her experiences, Annie Lalley does life from the heart. And then there’s the voice. Lalley’s “spine tingling” vocal style for her original songs ranges from
naked tenderness to sultry pop. Annie’s husband, JOE EBEL, is a songwriter who uses acoustic steel string guitar and five-string violin to create heartfelt instrumental pieces with emotional content and lasting melodies. His music was placed in the documentary “Woodstock: Now and Then” and he can be heard on the Ken Burns PBS documentary “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea”. His debut solo CD, Primebel was selected to “Best of…” lists by the staff of the PRI syndicated radio show “Echoes,” Grammy Award Winning Producer/Musician, David Holt, and Bill Binkelman of “Wind and Wire.” Together Joe and Annie showcase their own compositions with Joe joining Annie with mandolin, 5-string violin, electric guitar, and harmony vocals.
Singer-songwriter-parking-lot-attendant JAMIE ANDERSON has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries, including forty-seven U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. She’s folk without the Birkenstocks, country without the big hair, pop without the meat dress, and jazz without the weird chords. Her ten recordings include the 2013 release Dare. Jamie’s music has been featured on Good Morning America, the Dr. Demento radio show, NPR’s Car Talk, and stations all over the world. Laughter is a big part of Jamie’s live performance. Her offbeat song intros and stories help keep the performance fun, but don’t be surprised when she delves into more serious issues.