Bio: Al Petteway

Grammy and Indie Award-Winning Guitarist Al Petteway has played nearly every type of music during his long career. His compositions for acoustic fingerstyle guitar are strongly influenced by his love of Celtic and Appalachian music and his own roots in folk, rock and blues. His original compositions have been used in a number of television documentaries produced by Ken Burns, most notably in the soundtrack of the Emmy Award winning film "The National Parks - America's Best Idea" which featured him playing one of his compositions as its main theme. 

Al's numerous recordings, music books, and instructional DVDs have helped win him critical acclaim throughout the world of acoustic guitar. His playing is featured on dozens of recordings by some of the world's best-known Folk and Celtic musicians. He was voted one of the “Top Fifty Acoustic Guitarists of all Time” by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and he won Silver and Bronze medals in the Fingerstyle and Celtic categories of the magazine's “Player's Choice Awards.” His CD “Caledon Wood” was voted among the “Essential Albums of the Past 20 Years” by the editors of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and his album “It’s Only the Blues” made it to two of the editor’s “Essential Albums of 2012” top ten lists. His newest release “Mountain Guitar” is a musical portrait of his home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Al teaches workshops across the country and he is the Guitar Week coordinator for the world famous "Swannanoa Gathering" music camp at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C. When not touring with his wife and musical partner, Amy White, he teaches private lessons in his home and via Skype and records demos of high-end guitars for Dreamguitars.com