Troy’s Pettry joins award-winning country band

Published 8:41 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Steven Pettry must have been born under the sign of the four-leaf clover.

Good luck just seems to work its way around to him.

Pettry smiles at the thought but he readily admits to being more than a bit lucky.

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He is a member of the popular country music band, “The Springs” that has had two number one hits in just six months and was the recipient of the 2008 Youth Artist of the Year award.

“I’m real excited about the opportunity to be the bass player for ‘The Springs,’ and it was strange luck that gave me this chance,” the Charles Henderson High School senior said. “The promoters were calling schools looking for a bass player for the band and I called and they set up an audition for me in Enterprise. But, on the day of the audition, I didn’t have my cell phone with me so I didn’t get the call telling me not to come, that they thought they already had someone. So, I went.”

Since Pettry showed up, he was given the opportunity to audition.

“After I played, they said I was the one they wanted,” he said. “I’ve been with the band for a month now. We practice in Enterprise and the bandleader, Lamar Morris, was the bandleader and lead guitar player in Hank Williams, Jr.’s band for 20 years. It’s a really great band. We play mainstream country and are working to incorporate Southern Rock into our concert music. I’ve played with bands before but this is an opportunity to play with a professional band that has more than a few gigs every few months.”

Pettry is a self-taught musician who has been playing guitar since he was about 13 years old.

“That’s where I was lucky the first time,” he said. “My sister’s boyfriend played the guitar and he would let me play it when he came over. When they broke up, I missed playing the guitar.”

Since Pettry didn’t have a guitar, he made one out of a Kleenex box.

“When I got my own guitar, I fell in love with it and stayed nose-deep in music 24-7,” he said.

“For a while, the guitar was my instrument and I played with some groups and one group needed a bass. I tired to get my younger sister to play the bass but she didn’t really like it so I started to fiddle around with it. I started thinking it was kind of cool and I’ve stuck with it.”

Until he became a member of “The Strings,” Pettry played everywhere he had a chance.

Now, he will have many chances to play and he’ll be keeping company with some of the big names in country music.

“The Springs” have shared the stage with Earl Thomas Conley, Tracy Lawrence, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Kid Rock and Sara Evans and others.

“The Springs” will be in concert April 4 and 5, at the Rattlesnake Rodeo in Opp. The band will open for Sammy Kershaw at the Festival on the Rivers in Geneva on April 25.

“I definitely want music to be my career,” Pettry said.

“I plan to attend college and I’ll stay with “The Springs” until one day, hopefully, I can have my own band.”

Pettry’s preference in music is more punk and hard rock. But he also likes jazz and classical music and would like to incorporate that music with other music.

“I’d like to make good music from all of that,” he said with a smile.