Review by Billy Keith Bucher, courtesy photo
When I first came to Ben Wheeler, Texas, I became an avid fan of the Forge Bar and Grill and the Moore’s Store. These music venues provided an opportunity to activate my knowledge of the local music scene. I tried to never miss a performance. It was a great lesson and an education for me. One of the best performers who I was privileged to hear was a singer named Grace Pettis. She hailed from Lookout Mountain, Alabama, and now lives in Austin, Texas.
Pettis has a captivating collection of songs, which are currently contained on her two CDs. The most current are her stunning performances on “Two Birds.” One of her most haunting songs, which also became a video, is “You Are the Cowboy.” Another chilling offering is “Love Is There.” Grace can easily jump an octave with the same aplomb as an Olympic diver executing a swan dive. Another current creation is the song “Four Wheel Hotel”. It has become a nice flight with the newly created Grace Pettis Band which will be featured on her next CD. It will be on sale this summer.
Exciting news to Ben Wheeler audiences is that Grace Pettis will be performing at the Forge Bar and Grill on New Year’s Eve, along with Guthrie Kennard. This will be followed by a West Coast tour to San Diego and Fullerton, Calif., and on to Tuscon, Ariz. Since the release of her new CD is in sight, it will be a great beginning to the new year.
Said Grace, in a recent telephone interview call to Austin, “I was just very excited to get the call from Michael Lenz, booking agent at the Forge. I will be glad to be back at this great venue. It is just a wonderful place to perform.” Following Ben Wheeler, Grace will be appearing at the Calvary Cafe in College Station and, after her West Coast tour, she will be back to perform in Texas at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, near the University of Texas campus.
I hope to see you on New Year’s Eve at the Forge in Ben Wheeler to enjoy this award-winning singer/song writer, Grace Pettis. You will certainly not be disappointed.
Awards Grace Pettis has won:
Ω Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest Winner
Ω NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Songwriting Contest Winner and “Best Song” Winner
Ω Wildflower! Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner and “People’s Choice” Winner