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Slippery Hill Bluegrass has begun recording their first full length studio project in the fabulous Rubber Room Studios! Entitled  "Birds vs. Thunder", (an instrumental by Charles), and featuring Robbie Link on the upright bass, John Boulding on the banjo, and many other super guests, look for this to drop in the Fall 2023!

Slippery Hill's first EP recording has been accepted by the Chapel Hill Public Library's "Tracks Music Library", and is available for streaming and downloads.

Slippery Hill is booking 2023 Summer and Fall private parties and concerts now!

Review from a Slippery Hill wedding event:
"Charles, I cannot tell you how many compliments I received on [Slippery Hill]. You really set the tone from the moment the guests arrived to ushering them into the reception. Having such a fun bluegrass band to kick off the day was exactly what we needed."

M. Kester, Luna and Charlie Events

Photo by Jason Beverly

Charles looking forward to singing at your school this Fall!

Charles in the virtual world -- check out this article about his recent work in the Chapel Hill Public school system: Click here to read the article

(Virtual Residency programs,
CHCPS newsletter)

"Upon being presented with the opportunity to have Charles in our fourth grade classrooms, I jumped at it. Telling the story of North Carolina from its early days via bluegrass music was joyful for my students. To see them dancing around and clapping along from their rooms to music many had never heard before, made me incredibly happy.”
--Shane Chinni, 4th Grade Teacher, Glenwood Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC


Watch Charles' newest videos!

Charles playing Old Joe Clark for the Door to Door program for UNC Hospital TV.

Check out Charles' first solo album (1997) now posted at youtube! 

Charles and Doug Bremseth's awesome project "Wiffer Creek" is now on youTube!


Updated Information about Charles' Virtual Bluegrass Music Education Programs here!

New! Follow Charles on Instagram  

Click here to connect with Charles on Facebook  

Watch Charles and former mandolin student Simon Dunson enjoying a little afternoon jam.

See Charles' NPR Tiny Desk entry video featuring Charles and Robbie Link on a new composition 'Land of Canaan'

"Take lessons from a pro!
Charles will teach you guitar or mandolin". Contact Charles for more info.

Collection of Google links containing information about Charles' many programs, performances, reviews and social media sites.

Watch Charles and The Shady Grove Band performing
"Sinner Man."


Watch video from live school program at Bath Elementary, NC!

Watch a live selection from Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm's concert back in December, 2014:
Psalm 37 "The Desires of Your Heart."


Original song "Crossties" performed live at a House Concert on Oct. 16, 2016.

Contact Charles

(Virtual Residency programs, Fall, 2020, CHCPS newsletter)
"Upon being presented with the opportunity to have Charles in our fourth grade classrooms, I jumped at it. Telling the story of North Carolina from its early days via bluegrass music was joyful for my students. To see them dancing around and clapping along from their rooms to music many had never heard before, made me incredibly happy.”
--Shane Chinni, 4th Grade Teacher, Glenwood Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC

"Pettee has multifaceted talents as singer, instrumentalist, arranger, and songwriter...an engaging and expressive baritone voice well suited to the songs he writes and sings."
-- SingOut! Magazine

"Dear Charles, I wish to thank you for your continued, invaluable contribution to the festival. You are such a pleasure to work with and always the gentleman. As I continue to be impressed by your passion for the music and your desire to “pass it on.”
Trying my best to secure the funding required to move it to #21! Will keep you posted along the way…Wishing you and yours continued health and happiness, Richard"
-- Richard Hurst, Director, Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland (following the 20th Anniversary Bluegrass Festival)

Thanks so much for a FANTASTIC performance today at Phillips. We really enjoyed it, and wow, what a reception you got from those kids. Really, really great....
It was really interesting to see how you talked about the history of the different instruments, what they sounded like when played as originally intended, and how different cultures have used the instrument differently, creating an entirely new sound from the same source.
What energy you created and what a great rapport with the audience. We will highly recommend you to other schools in our area.
Thanks again and for being so patient with making this happen.
-- PTA contact for Phillips Middle School, NC (Mar 20, 2015)

"Rich, engaging new acoustic and bluegrass arrangements, the most sophisticated and moving music of Pettee's career."
-- Independent Weekly (Durham, NC)

"I ordered "The Way of Manna" for my sister and she was thrilled. She uses it in the adult Sunday School class she teaches in Atlanta."
-- J.C., Gainesville, FL

"Wow! Thanks again for a great concert. I love having the opportunity to work with artists who are not only talented, but are also fantastic performers. You are the best!"
-- Jane Musgrave, NC State University, Division of Student Affairs

"The Shady Grove Band's Charles Pettee plays bluegrass with a fire and intensity you find only in true believers."
-- Spectator magazine (Durham, NC)

"Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm give a refreshing, delightful, and deeply moving concert. I play their CD, Steady Love, constantly. The singers are both soulful and electric, and instrumentalists superb, and, oh the lyrics, they are divine!"
-- Kathy Russell, teacher, Fresh Water Ministries

"Charles Pettee visited Gunn Memorial Public Library on May 12, 2010 and delighted our pre-school patrons, exceptional teens and senior citizens with his gifts of music and story-songs. Charles is a natural born performer with the spirit of a "Bluegrass Boy"!
His mandolin, guitar, harmonica, banjo and voice echoed history as we followed him on a journey to the past. What a magical morning of listening and learning and it is obvious that he loves to share his music as much as we enjoyed hearing it."
-- Rebecca Dellinger, Children's Services, Gunn Memorial Public Library

"Charles Pettee had such an impact on several Chatham County fourth grade history classes when he performed his "Hear The Sound" program, that when the children were asked at the end of last year's classes what they most remembered, students said Pettee's musical demonstration...Music caused them to remember history. That is what we're aiming for."
-- Beverly Perdue, North Carolina Lt. Governor, in a speech to arts supporters

"Please express my appreciation to the members of Chuck and the Waggin' Ears for their usual outstanding performance last Saturday...The Waggin' Ears were a great group to start the day. You are definitely on the "A" list of performing groups we will be calling on next year for some of the events we are planning for Meadowmont Village."
-- Dave Hill, Coordinator, Meadowmont Village Festival (Chapel Hill, NC)

Chuck and the Waggin' Ears chosen as "Presenting Artist of the Year 2007-2008"
--United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

Bluegrass Stomp was wonderful!!  The children and staff at Woodland Heights Elementary loved your performance this morning.  What a treat!
-- June Sereque, Woodland Heights Elementary

My Shows:
For a complete listing, check out the
Calendar Page

Please check out his updated virtual music offerings here: Virtual Bluegrass Presentations

Charles offers private music instruction for guitar and mandolin on most Mondays & Tuesdays, virtually, and/or outdoors, socially distanced, with face coverings. Contact him for details and availability!
Email Charles


Slippery Hill
Carolina Theater Family Concert Series

Durham, NC

Slippery Hill
Orange County Visitors Bureau Open House event
308 W Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC
4:00-6:00 pm

Slippery Hill
3:00-6:00 pm
Raleigh, NC

Charles Pettee with Braima Moiwei 2023, Artists-in-Residence
Grady Brown Elementary School
Hillsborough, NC
(sponsored by The ArtsCenter AIR Program and Orange County Arts Commission)

Slippery Hill
Beer and Banjos
Carrboro, NC
6:30-9:00 pm

Slippery Hill
Merritt's Grill
Chapel Hill, NC

Slippery Hill
with Alice Gerrard, Jim Watson and many others
at Danny Gotham's Circle Show

Community Church
Purefoy Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
3:00 pm

Slippery Hill
Raleigh, NC
Private event
Outdoors at Roots
Downtown Chapel Hill, NC
7:00-9:00 pm

Slippery Hill
Downtown Live, outside Tallula's

West Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC,
7:00-9:00 pm

Slippery Hill
Weaver Street Market
Carrboro, NC
11:00 am -1:00 pm

Charles Pettee guitar and mandolin instructor
PineCone Bluegrass Camp

Page-Walker Center
Cary, NC

Slippery Hill
BBQ Event

Museum of the Cape Fear
Fayetteville, NC
public event

Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm
Wild Goose Festiva
Harmony, NC

Charles Pettee instructor
Pinecone Bluegrass Jam Camp

Page-Walker Center
Cary, NC

Slippery Hill
Private event
Mebane, NC

Slippery Hill
Old Mill Farm
Durham, NC
7:00 pm

Slippery Hill
Private event
To be confirmed

For a complete listing, check out the
Calendar Page

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