Grace Pettis and Calloway Ritch & Pierce Pettis – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – September 10th, 2018

Grace Pettis and Calloway Ritch & Pierce Pettis

Grace Pettis and Calloway Ritch & Pierce Pettis

Jay Byrd

Monday September 10, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

GA $20 | Premier $20 | Premier Plus $20

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Pierce Pettis
Pierce Pettis
Pierce Pettis began his long career as a writer/artist at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama and later as a staff songwriter for Polygram/Universal Music in Nashville. His songs have been covered by artists ranging from Garth Brooks and Dion to Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel. Pettis' fifth album for Compass Records (Nashville), "That Kind of Love" (2009), received rave reviews from XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, American Songwriter, The (London, UK) Sunday Express, Image Quarterly . . . to name a few. His newest, “New Agrarians” (by the trio of the same name) is a co-effort with Kate Campbell and Tom Kimmel, released November of 2014. Pettis began work on a new solo project for Compass Records Group in August of 2017.
Grace Pettis and Calloway Ritch
Grace Pettis and Calloway Ritch
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.

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.

Pettis, originally from Lookout Mountain, Alabama, 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.

Songwriting is a new adventure for partner Ritch, who spent his formative years shredding in bars across the southeast, honing his craft and perfecting his own particular style. A creative writing major in college, he was bound to venture into songwriting. “Some of the best lyrics on the record were written by Calloway,” remarks Pettis. “Even the title, Blue Star in a Red Sky, was his idea.” It was lifted from the lyrics of City of the Violet Crown, a love-song to the city of Austin: "...where the west and the south collide, like a blue star in a red sky."

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.
Jay Byrd
Jay Byrd
Jason (Jay) Byrd has been a professional guitarist, singer, and songwriter since his late teens. In his late teens and twenties, Jay performed in numerous blues and rock bands throughout his home state of North Carolina. After moving to the Washington, DC area in 2001, Jay began crafting songs with a decidedly Americana bent. In 2005, Jay's composition "Olson Still" received an honorable mention in the Mountain Stage NewSong Festival Folk category. In 2010, he won the NewSong People's Choice Award for the Northeast Region. He also won the Gold Award (Acoustic/Folk category) and the BMI Songwriter Award in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. Recently, Jay was honored to be a finalist in the 2016 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Competition. Jay performs as a solo artist and with various artists/bands in the DC-area. He is also a singer, guitarist and songwriter in DC-based SOUTH RAIL.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180
https://jamminjava.com/