Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music
(AAFFM)

Fiddler’s Green July 20, 2024

JEFF BLACK and PIERCE PETTIS

JEFF BLACK

“Jeff Black has the troubadour quality of a Steve Goodman, the poetic dignity of Bruce Springsteen, and the outer-fringe edge of Townes Van Zandt. We kid you not.”-Steve Morse, The Boston Globe

His songs appear on recordings by Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Douglas, John Oates, Dierks Bently, and more. His music can be heard on the soundtracks of “The Thing Called Love” and the acclaimed PBS documentary “The Appalachians.” A master songwriter and performer, Black was voted one of the top 100 Folk artists of the last 25 years by Boston’s WUMB listeners.

 “A Walk In The Sun,” released in January 2020, is Black’s 12th release. Produced by Black and mixed by Dave Sinko (Chris Thile, Punch Brothers), the album features Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Dave Roe, Jerry Roe and Kenny Vaughan. In the tradition of the great storytellers, his passionate, soul driven live performances of songs from his vast catalog are not to be missed.

“His words and voice hold down center stage with a craft so deeply in the artistic pocket that it obscures anything outside” – No Depression

“Nothing short of brilliant. Top to bottom, this stuff is special. Black is an artist of substance.”-Billboard Magazine

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PIERCE PETTIS

“Pierce has created a musical body of work that is wide and deep. Dip your toe in anywhere and you will want to hear more of my friend Pierce Pettis!”  — John Gorka

Compass Records Group recording artist Pierce Pettis brings a wealth of experience from his long musical journey.  He’s spent decades touring in 49 of 50 states, as well as Canada and Europe.  Hailing from Alabama, he embarked on his career at the renowned Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. His musical contributions extended to Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York, recording for Windham Hill/High Street Records in Los Angeles, and a decade-long tenure as a staff songwriter for Polygram and Universal Music Publishing in Nashville.  

Pettis’s songwriting prowess has left an indelible mark with artists like Dion, Art Garfunkel, Garth Brooks, and Joan Baez covering his work. Notable names such as David Wilcox, Tim O’Brien, Dar Williams, and Claire Lynch have also interpreted his songs. His latest album, “Father’s Son,” released by Compass in early 2019, has garnered widespread critical acclaim.

 A witty, heartfelt lyricist, Pettis has a voice that carries the acoustic folk tradition, but is refreshingly hard to pigeon-hole.” —Charlotte Observer

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Welcome! This site lists information about folk music and related activities in the greater Atlanta area and the Southeastern U.S. It contains:

  • General and recurring information in an expanded directory format
  • Links to other folk resources
  • See the EVENTS Tab for Fiddler's Green and other AAFFM- sponsored concerts, workshops, and pickin' parties, as well as other events of interest in and around Atlanta.

In email blasts, you'll find details about current events and information on member-only activities like our famous "get-togethers". If you'd like to host a pick-'n-grin, let us know! See the EVENTS tab for upcoming concerts and pickin' parties.

Contact us at membership@aaffm.org to host a pickin' party, join our organization, find out about an upcoming concert, party or workshop, or to submit listings to the website.

See the 'History' tab for the history of the organization.

AAFFM sponsors a local monthly coffeehouse, Fiddler's Green, that features concerts that included traditional music, singer-songwriters, poetry and storytelling. As of August, 2016, it is held at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta. AAFFM Membership benefits include the email blasts (our mailing list will always remain private) and discounts on AAFFM sponsored concerts. Annual membership dues are $15 for individuals and $20 for families, $35 sustaining members. E-mail membership@aaffm.org for membership information or click HERE for our Membership Application.

AAFFM Needs YOU

We at AAFFM deeply appreciate John’s kind letter (see below) and hope it inspires you to join or re-join AAFFM. Just click the button below in order to access our membership application.
Thanks,
Chris Moser, President
AAFFM

John McCutcheon
Smoke Rise, GA

April 7, 2019

Dear Friends,

I got a call, early on in my years of performing, from Betty Smith, a friend I’d met at the Folk Festival of the Smokies, inviting me to come do a show in Atlanta. A follow up call from Don and Laeta Smith sealed the deal and, sometime in the 1970’s I appeared in Atlanta for the first of many times. My host was a freshly-formed group, The Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music. What I found was a devoted clutch of folk music lovers who not only presented concerts, but sponsored all sorts of events that encouraged people to play music themselves, to share the love of this music that is the root of all the world’s music. To get involved with the music, with one another, with the world.

 Having this lovely relationship with Atlanta played a part in my decision to move here in 2006. And I thank you for that.

Over forty years later, AAFFM is still sponsoring events that are meeting places for Atlantans of all stripes and a watering hole for that wandering herd of performers still plying the boards out there. I get to see some of my far-flung fellow performing pals as a result of these. And I thank you for that.

But groups such as AAFFM do not magically sustain themselves. Communities must commit to survive. And in this age of hyper-tribalism it’s more important than ever to reach out, to stand up, to say, “This is the kind of community, the kind of world, I want to be a part of.” You’ll never see the musicians AAFFM brings into our intimate gatherings at the Fox or on Netflix. No, you have to go out, sit shoulder-to-shoulder with others and have that experience live and in person. You can learn how to play, how to sing, how to harmonize in jam sessions not sponsored by YouTube. And, in the process, help build a community that improves the lives of individuals and the collective community life of Atlanta.

Pete Seeger would have been 100 years old this year. He taught us what we could feel like, what we could do if we risked adding our voice to the others in his audience, if we dared to harmonize with a roomful of strangers. But we had to make the move.

So, my fellow Atlantans, make the move, risk, dare, and join me in continuing to support the Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music. And for that I thank you, as well.

Take it easy, but take it!  

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