""Rich, engaging new acoustic and bluegrass arrangements...the most sophisticated and moving music of Pettee's career."
-- Independent Weekly, May, 2003 (Durham, NC)

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Slippery Hill Bluegrass
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

Slippery Hill Bluegrass featuring Fiddlin’ Al McCanless

Slippery Hill Bluegrass features Charles Pettee (guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, vocals), his son Jackson Pettee (guitar, vocals), Piedmont fiddling icon Fiddlin’ Al MCCanless and Jef Walter (upright bass) performing an exciting repertoire that includes Bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes and Americana music, including original pieces composed by band leader Charles during his tenure as a
member of The Shady Grove Band (“One of our state’s musical treasures.” Raleigh News & Observer), and across his 30-year career as a full-time professional musician. Charles has logged nearly 6,000 performances throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and has released thirteen full length album projects. In addition to performing with a number of groups, he is in demand as a teaching artist in schools throughout North and South Carolina (www.charlespettee.com). Mr. Pettee also offers private instruction in mandolin and guitar, and has led the PineCone Youth Bluegrass summer camps (www.pinecone.org) since their inception 10 years ago.

Fiddlin’ Al McCanless
brings 50 years of performing experience to the stage, and is known for his chops as a musician equally at home in Bluegrass, Old Time and Celtic music. He was a founding member of the legendary New Deal String Band. He played many years with the Bluegrass Experience, which won the World Champion Bluegrass prize at the Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention. Al appeared on the first Red Clay Rambler recording on Folkways Records, "The Red Clay Ramblers With Fiddlin' Al McCanless". Al currently plays in the Celtic group Contentment is Wealth, the bluegrass group Hindsight, and, with Charles, in The Merry Gadflies, a string band specializing in songs of freedom, joy and justice. In his spare time Al is a potter and open-back banjo

Jackson Pettee
is not new to the bluegrass scene, having grown up with music in the home all his life, and having performed alongside his father for several years. Jackson has also gained valuable performing experience through his participation as lead guitarist in the University of North Carolina’s “Carolina Bluegrass Ensemble” under the tutelage of Ensemble Director, and renowned performer, Russell Johnson.

Jef Walter
of Durham, NC has been a stalwart supporter of folk and acoustic music in the Triangle for the past 20 years as a player, (e.g., weekly gigs with the “Beer and Banjos All-Stars” in Raleigh), as coach for the youth Bluegrass group “The Carolina PineCones,” and as an instructor for the PineCone youth Bluegrass music camps.

Together, Slippery Hill offers a crowd-pleasing mix of vocal numbers, Bluegrass jams, originals, and Americana, that are perfect for cozy winter nights, hot summer evenings, and special events!
Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm

The Way Of Manna  Steady Love  True Wealth

Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm offer an exciting and entertaining concert of bluegrass and new acoustic music featuring Charles Pettee's settings for various Old Testament Psalms, as featured on the CDs Steady Love and True Wealth. FolkPsalm features the talents of renowned professional musicians from NC, (including Pettee, the longtime mandolinist and songwriter for Flying Fish recording artist The Shady Grove Band, outstanding freelance upright bass player, Robbie Link, Steep Canyon Ranger’s founder fiddler Elizabeth Bahnson, freelance drummer and vibraphonist for Chapel Hill's The Old Ceremony, Mark Simonsen, Taz Halloween, vocalist extraordinaire, fiddling icon Al McCanless, Oxford NC's singer/guitarist Brian Bolton, and singer Brittany Whitmire), performing masterfully arranged instrumentals, and intricate harmony vocals that delight even the most discriminating audience.


FolkPsalm's newest CD is available now.
"A Dove On Distant Oaks: Psalms for the Journey

NOTE: "Steady Love" is now back in print

Video of Charles and Folkpsalm at faithandleadership.com
Watch it now.

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The Shady Grove Band
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From the Netherlands to Napa, from Calgary to the Carolinas, The Shady Grove Band has made a tradition of delighting audiences with its unique “new-timey” bluegrass sound. "One of our state's musical treasures," says the Raleigh News and Observer of The Shady Grove Band, whose accomplishments in more than two decades of touring and performing include nationwide appearances on CBS and NBC television, 13 concert tours of Europe, and six CDs that have received airplay literally all over the world. The band is comprised of founding members Jerry Brown, guitar, vocals), and Charles Pettee (mandolin, vocals), along with Adael Shinn (upright bass, vocals), and John Boulding (banjo, dobro, vocals) who together have entertained countless kids and adults from North Carolina to the Lincoln Center in New York City.
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The Merry Gadflies


  Click on the following links to see them performing:

        Keep On The Sunny Side

        Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore

        How Can I Keep From Singing

        I Dreamed There Was No More War

The Gadflies are: – Fiddlin’ Al McCanless, pot-throwing, fiddle bowing maestro of multiple musical styles, co-owner All In One Pottery, Pittsboro, NC – Alex Treyz, outstanding lead and harmony singer, originally from New York, researches public policy at Duke University and is Minister for Congregational Care at Durham Presbyterian Church. – Terry Allebaugh, harmonica master from the hills of Virginia, and servant leader working to end homelessness across the Tarheel state. – Charles Pettee, guitar and mandolin wielding songwriter from Asheville; teaching artist/music educator residing in Chapel Hill, NC – Franklin Golden, bass-thumping, banjo plucking singer and pastor of Durham Presbyterian Church.
 Definition of a “social gadfly” from Wikipedia: A gadfly is a person who interferes with the status quo of a society or community by posing novel, potentially upsetting questions, usually directed at authorities. The term is originally associated with the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, in his defense when on trial for his life. 
Fiddlin’ Al says, “We ain't Martin Luther King, just a bunch of friends who like to pick and sing. And are looking for a better way. And would like to see a little more compassion trickling down from the hallowed halls of Washington, DC. 

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Chuck and the Waggin'Ears

For close to 20 years, Chuck and the Waggin'Ears have delighted audiences at clubs, festivals, and special events with their blend of traditional bluegrass and original compositions. In addition to Charles Pettee on mandolin, guitar and voice, the group features the talents of the legendary Fiddlin' Al McCanless (current fiddle player for the group CelticJam, and formerly with the Red Clay Ramblers), and the outstanding John Boulding (currently banjo and dobro player with The Shady Grove Band). Chuck and the Waggin'Ears have the spontaneity and joy of good friends making the music they love, combined with the stage presence and audience appeal of the seasoned professionals that they are.
Untied Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has voted Chuck and the Waggin'Ears "Presenting Artist of the Year 2007-2008"

Visit Chuck and the Waggin' Ears @ SonicBids.com

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Charles Pettee

On Its All in Your Mind, Charles Pettee has fashioned a CD that draws on bluegrass, folk, blues, and even mandolin orchestra traditions to create a musically rewarding work. Backed by the always creative Jack Lawrence on guitar, Tony Williamson on mandocello, and a group of other talented musicians, Pettee captures many elements of musical Americana to create his own vision here that will ring deep chords with many listeners. . . Special note should go to the recording quality, which captures and reproduces the acoustic sound of the instruments very well and places them in an un-muddied mix that allows the listener to really enjoy hearing each note. . . this is solidly played, musically arresting acoustic music. . . [Pettee has] built a CD that will stay in the minds of many listeners for a long time.
(Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, 1997)

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"Wiffer Creek is North Chatham singer-songwriters Charles Pettee and Doug Bremseth, who've played acoustic music together (mostly bluegrass-based) for nearly a decade. Bremseth relocated here from Fresno, Calif., to take the banjo seat with Chapel Hill's The Shady Grove Band, for which Pettee served as mandolinist, co-lead singer and chief songwriter for 20 years. Physical problems forced Doug to give up the five-string, but he continues to sing, write and play guitar."
(The Independent Weekly, 2002)

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Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm, "A Dove On Distant Oaks: Psalms for the Journey," Ears to Hear, 2014

Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm, "The Way Of Manna," Ears to Hear, 2009

The Shady Grove Band, "Back In Circulation," 2008

Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm, "True Wealth," Ears to Hear, 2005

Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm, "Steady Love," Ears to Hear, 2003

The Shady Grove Band with Franklin Golden, "Cotton Patch Gospel" cast recording, Mojo Productions, 2002

Wiffer Creek "Wiffer Creek," BWR Records, 2001

The Shady Grove Band, "Out of the Blue," BWR Records, 1998

Chuck and the Waggin'Ears, "It's All in Your Mind," Waggin'Ear Productions, 1996

The Shady Grove Band, "Chapel Hillbilly Way," Flying Fish Records, 1994

The Shady Grove Band, "Mulberry Moon," Flying Fish Records, 1990

The Shady Grove Band, "On the Line," Flying Fish Records, 1987

The Shady Grove Band, "Shine On Me," Blue Ridge Records, 1984

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