Al Petteway has had a long career playing acoustic guitar as both a solo artist and as a side person for artists including Peter Rowan, Jethro Burns, Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Debi Smith, Bonnie Rideout and more. His very first album, recorded with Japanese mandolinist Akira Otsuka as part of the group Grazz Matazz, included guest appearances by Bela Fleck, Jethro Burns, and Mike Auldridge. Since that time, he has been featured on dozens of internationally released albums in both the Celtic and Fingerstyle guitar worlds. He was named one of the top 50 acoustic guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine and has won many awards including a Grammy and an Indie. His original music and playing can be heard on a number of PBS documentaries by Ken Burns, most notably the Emmy-winning National Parks series which featured his music throughout and used his tune “Sligo Creek” as the main theme of the film. Al tours and performs both as a solo artist and with his wife Amy White. They live in the mountains of Western North Carolina where he also does video demos for the well-known online retailer, Dream Guitars and coordinates the world famous Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week each summer.