Warren Wilson College and The Swannanoa Gathering gave Al the Master Music Maker
award this year "in celebration of a lifetime of musicianship and teaching."
It was a total surprise and true honor. Here's the award:
Photos From the Mountain
(Click here to see Al and Amy's chronological collection
of scenic views from their mountain home)
Charting in the Top 10 -- Roots Music Report for Folk and Roots Country Radio – in November 2012!
An entire CD featuring Amy's original songs and her wonderful guitar playing.
This has been a long time coming and it is well worth the wait.
Al Petteway on Guitar, Bass, and Vocals
River Gueguerian on Percussion
Duncan Wickel on Fiddles
Scott Ainslie on harmony vocals
Annie Lalley on harmony vocals
Lisbet Searle-White on harmony vocals
Steven Dembroski on Electric Guitars
Danny Ellis on Trombones
Sally Sparks on synthesizer
'Home Sweet Home' By Mike Joyce Friday, November 16, 2012
Subtitled “Songs of Love, Loss and
Belonging,” singer-songwriter Amy White’s new album comes with brief
liner notes that shed light on the 11 original compositions. The title
track, the multi-instrumentalist says, was inspired by her travels
through “the beautiful valleys that parallel the spine of Blue Ridge
Mountains.” It’s a lovely, sinuous ballad, warmly conveying the
pleasure White derives from her commutes, but like most of the songs
here, it’s not an entirely sentimental affair.
Indeed, the album’s standouts are often as
soulful as they are reflective. Addressing a variety of social issues,
“Salt of the Earth” is rooted in the same musical soil as Stephen
Foster’s “Hard Times.” “American Dream” is dedicated to the folks who
have been teetering on their own fiscal cliff for years, while “Dying
on the Vine,” inspired by White’s late father, extends some of the
album’s themes: “Death, drought and politics, all in a nutshell for
The love songs tend to be deeply personal
or, as in “The Best Dog,” brimming with gratitude. And the arrangements
featuring White and husband Al Petteway on acoustic guitars crisply
complement the album’s rustic charms and quietly affecting vocals.
"It's Only the Blues" Transcriptions and Tab
Available as a PDF download.