and FolkPsalm offer an exciting and entertaining
bluegrass and new acoustic music
featuring Charles Pettee's settings for various
Old Testament Psalms, as featured on the CDs A Dove on Distant Oaks, The Way Of Manna, 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, Lizzie Hamilton, founding
member, vocalist, and original fiddle player
for Asheville, NC's the Steep Canyon Rangers,
Robbie Link, outstanding freelance upright bass
player, Mark Simonsen, freelance drummer and
vibraphonist for Chapel Hill's The Old Ceremony,
Oxford, NC's Brian Bolton on guitar and vocals,
and Taz Shadburn, vocalist extraordinaire),
performing masterfully arranged instrumentals,
and intricate harmony vocals that delight even
the most discriminating audience.
"Charles Pettee is a superb musician and a gifted lyricist, and possibly his rarest gift is the ability to render biblical texts – psalms and stories – into American musical idioms, folk and bluegrass. He is a powerful interpreter
of Scripture in his own right, and his music has greatly strengthened my agrarian readings of the Bible. With strong conviction and sometimes wry humor, he delivers a message about the incomparable value of healthy land, a message that faith communities urgently need to hear and communicate to others."
Ellen F. Davis,
A. R. Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School
Ever faithful to the subject
matter, this show offers something for both devotees
of the Psalm texts, as well as those who have
never cracked open a Bible. As the
of Fairview, NC noted, "The music brings
these old words new power, and pierces to our
hearts as well."
The band travels with its
own top-notch sound system, making presentation
technically simple for the presenter, either indoors,
or for outdoor events. Two
hours set-up time is
required. For festivals or other events where
system is provided, a list of sound
requirements is available.
"Charles Pettee and the FolkPsalm
band give a refreshing, delightful, and deeply
moving concert. I play their CD, Steady Love,
constantly. The singers are both soulful and electric,
the instrumentalists superb, and, oh the lyrics,
they are divine!"
Kathy Russell, teacher,
Fresh Water Ministries
| Concert formats range from
Charles Pettee performing solo, to the Folk Psalm
or trio, to the full seven piece band, depending
on the venue, and the desires of the presenter.
|"Rich, engaging new acoustic
and bluegrass arrangements...the most sophisticated
and moving music of [Pettee's] career."
Independent Weekly, May, 2003
|"For lots of folks, the psalms
have mostly been stylized throwbacks to some quaint,
ancient piety safely removed from any relevance
to our stumbling humanity. Charles Pettee frees
these audcious songs from our neutered banishments,
to work their dark-bright alchemy once again.
Surely these raw, touching vocal settings must
be very close to the spirit
of those wandring
desert people who first thrust these God-songs
heavenward. In Pettee's tunes God dances, dips
and reels around our primal heart campfires again.
something very old, very true is at work here."
Mitchell Simpson, pastor University Baptist Church,
Chapel Hill, NC