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KYLE PETTY & DAVID CHILDERS January 12th 2019 at 8pm

$18 in advance
$20 at the door

 David Childers and Nascar Star Kyle Petty 

Singer-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. A resident of Mount Holly, North Carolina, he’s a former high-school football player with the aw-shucks demeanor of a good ol’ Southern boy. But he’s also a well-read poet and painter who cites Chaucer and Kerouac as influences, fell in love with folk as a teen, listens to jazz and opera, and fed his family by practicing law before turning in his license to concentrate on his creative passions.

The legal profession’s loss is certainly the music world’s gain. Childers’ latest album, Run Skeleton Run, releasing May 5, 2017 on Ramseur Records, is filled with the kinds of songs that have made him a favorite of fans and fellow artists including neighbors the Avett Brothers. Scott Avett contributes to four tracks, and Avetts bassist Bob Crawford co-executive-produced the effort with label head Dolph Ramseur. (Crawford and Childers, both history buffs, have recorded and performed together in the Overmountain Men).

In fact, it was Crawford who kickstarted this album, Childers’ sixth solo effort, by suggesting he reunite with Don Dixon (R.E.M., the Smithereens), who’d produced Crawford’s favorite Childers album, Room 23 (done with his band the Modern Don Juans). Crawford also suggested tracking at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium Recordings.
"I had the great pleasure of playing 5 shows with Kyle Petty this Spring. It was a real treat getting to know Kyle, his cool wife Morgan; and a bunch of really fine songs Kyle has written and performed. We swapped songs in Charlotte, NC; Johnson City, TN; Greer, SC; Winston-Salem, NC and Chapel Hill, NC."   ~ David Childers

Kyle Petty is a former race car driver turned racing analyst who has always carried a passion for music. A traveling preacher at the racetrack gave Petty his very first guitar at age 12. Petty soon began writing his own music in high school, finding creative influences in country artists, such as Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, and singer-songwriters like Carole King, James Taylor, Harry Chapin and Jim Croce.

Throughout the 80s, Petty was an opening act for various bands. Petty was signed to a record contract by RCA Records in 1986 and began work on an album with Don Light. His lone single from this period was "The Other Guy", which led to appearances on Hee Haw and opening for acts such as Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys and Hank Williams, Jr. In 1995, Petty recorded a track entitled "Oh King Richard", a tribute to his father, written by Rodney Crowell, and was a part of a NASCAR-themed country music compilation album. A music video for the song was produced, featuring Petty playing an acoustic guitar in front of his father͛s No. 43 race car, as Richard watched highlights of his career on a screen.

When not on stage, you can find him on NBC Sports Network͛s daily NASCAR America show, and on pre-and post-race NASCAR Sprint Cup shows on NBC and NBCSN. Petty lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Morgan.