Best known as the mandolin player for some 20 years with the Chapel Hill-based Shady Grove Band, Charles Pettee (pictured with SGB, far right side) last year released the most sophisticated and moving music of his career on the solo CD, Steady Love. The record offered nine Old Testament psalms set to new music composed by Pettee.
To perform these rich, engaging new acoustic and bluegrass arrangements live, along with original instrumental music, he has formed FolkPsalm, a large ensemble that includes noted area veterans Fiddlin' Al McCanless, bass genius Robbie Link, vocalist Taz Halloween, drummer Mark Simonsen and guitarist Brian Bolton. The band, which debuted at last month's Shakori Hills Festival, performs Friday night at the Chapel Hill Bible Church at the corner of Sage and Erwin roads. Young bluegrass group Fescue 911 opens the 7:30 p.m. concert. Admission is free. For more information: 967-1381.