Pettee's fresh approach to the traditional arts of flatpicking
and folksinging began during his childhood in Asheville,
NC, where he started on guitar and mandolin at an early
age. He is co-founder of Flying Fish recording artist The
Shady Grove Band from Chapel Hill, NC, which has
delighted audiences across the US, Canada, and Europe for
over twenty years. His distinctive mandolin style, voice,
and original compositions are an essential part of the group's
appeal and garner airplay in over twenty foreign countries.
Pettee & FolkPsalm, founded in 2004,
has a reputation for musical integrity, professionalism,
and ability to inspire. Through their performance, the 3,000
year old sacred poems of the Hebrews the Psalms
sound startlingly contemporary in their deeply human expressions
of ecstasy, dread, defiance, and hope in the hands of these
fine NC musicians. Charles has hosted workshops on
both guitar and mandolin technique at some of the most prestigious
music festivals in the US and Europe (including Walnut Valley
Festival, Winfield, KS, and MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC).
Charles has been the driving force behind Chuck and the
Waggin'Ears for over twenty years. They have delighted
audiences at clubs, festivals, and special events with their
blend of traditional bluegrass and original compositions.
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. Charles also offers school programs called "Hear
the Sound" which share the history of southern
string music with audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Either solo, or with The Shady Grove Band, or Chuck and
the Waggin'Ears, he has performed over 5,000 shows in his
thirty-two years as a professional musician.