Northeast State’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series gets rolling with the renowned duo Al Petteway and Amy White taking the stage on June 15 in the Regional Center for Performing Arts Center at the Blountville campus. The concert admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m.
This Grammy Award-winning, critically acclaimed duo offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their musical repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.
Before moving from the Washington, D.C., area to western North Carolina, Al & Amy won 50 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association. They won an INDIE from The Association for Independent Music, and Petteway won a Grammy from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Petteway was also voted one of the Top 50 Guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and in 2008 he won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine’s “Players’ Choice Awards.”
Al and Amy’s music has been featured on a number of Ken Burns’ documentary films, most notably the soundtrack of the EMMY-winning documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Their album, Caledon Wood, (which includes the main theme of the National Parks documentary) was counted among the essential albums of the past 20 years in the Acoustic Guitar Magazine 20th anniversary issue. Al and Amy have released more than 20 full-length recordings, and no less than a dozen instructional DVDs and books.
Petteway’s most solo recent album, Collector’s Passion, includes some of his greatest hits and new tunes with his indelible acoustic guitar style. White’s latest solo album Didn’t We Waltz shows off her masterful instrumental work and vocals.