David Peterson at Canyons Saturday

Article Published: Mar. 18, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

When you grow up playing bluegrass in the hills and you make a country album, then the country is going to be right.

David Peterson is going to pursue his passion by singing and playing at Canyons of the Blue Ridge in Blowing Rock on Saturday, March 20, starting around 8 p.m.

"The band I'll have with me will be more of a bluegrass type of backup, Ron Shuffler on the upright bass, Brandon Godman playing fiddle, and Patrick (Crouch) on guitar," Peterson said. "Eric Ellis might sit in with us on banjo."

Peterson has just returned from Dallas, Texas, at the steel guitar convention.

"I love the travel that goes with the music," he said. "I look at music as something of a calling ...
It will bother you constantly until you go ahead and make that your life's work...You don't choose it; it chooses you. This year will make 30 years of playing music. I started playing 30 years ago. It has been a grand pursuit, and it's something (of which) I will never tire ... I really feel like I'm supposed to be doing this with my life."

Peterson has 30 years' experience, and Shuffler about 50.

"David is an awesome talent." Shuffler said. "He's one of the premiere singers around Nashville. He's an unbelievable singer. And he has a new country CD out doing classic country songs. We'll be playing songs from that CD."

Both Peterson and Shuffler present themselves as genuine gentlemen, and their attitude toward their music gives them a deal of integrity. They both spoke more highly of the others' ability, and both were keen to share an honoring word.

"We'll do some old time fiddle tunes," Shuffler said. "Brandon is an excellent fiddle player. It's going to be a fun evening."

Folks who make it out to Canyons on Saturday can expect to hear some Mac Wiseman, Jimmie Rodgers and his "Rattlesnake Rambler" and "Family Bible." There is no cover charge.

Canyons is located at 8960 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock.

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