Named "one of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America," by the Dallas Morning News, Grace Pettis has toured the US, treating audiences to a voice that Sirius XM’s Mary Sue Twohy describes as "wide open prairie, full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunder clouds.” Pettis is putting her solo tour on hold for a new venture with Austin TX guitarist and now songwriter Calloway Ritch. They are touring in support of a brand-new EP, Blue Star in a Red Sky. The duo will be in concert as the season opener at the Anderson Fair Concert Series in Houston on Friday, September 21st . The show will feature Pettis’ solo repertoire and previous hits, as well as selections from the mew duo project with Ritch.
When asked how she and Calloway Ritch started playing together, Pettis laughs and answers, "I poached him from another band.” She was hustling with a pickup band of hired guns on one of the stages at "The Domain," an outdoor mall in north Austin, when she first heard Ritch play. He was in several bands at the time- this one a local Texas country outfit. Ritch stood out, with a strong blues influence and confident, creative improvisation evident in every solo, so Grace hired him on the spot.
After having spent many hours playing together, and off of each other, the two turned to co-writing. Their first song, "Broken Home," with slow-burning lyrics, smoldering vocals, and killer guitar licks proved to them both that their musical chemistry encompassed songwriting as well as performance. The result is their new EP, Blue Star in a Red Sky. The record features Pettis on acoustic guitar and vocals and Ritch on lead guitar. That collision of two distinctive and different forces to create a one-of-a-kind combination is a fitting metaphor for this new musical partnership of Grace Pettis and Calloway Ritch.
Pettis, originally from Lookout Mountain, Alabama and now living in Austin, has won many accolades for her songwriting, including top awards at NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. Her songs have been recorded by several storied Texas artists, including Grammy-nominated Ruthie Foster, Sarah Hickman, and Drew Womack.
The show starts at 8:45 pm on Friday September 21st at Anderson Fair in Houston, located at 2007 Grant St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. (Cash only at the door.) To buy tickets in advance online, go to www.andersonfair.net/fall-concerts For more information call 832-767-2785.For more about the artist, visit www.gracepettis.com. [Organizer's description]