Petty and Pace
Elaine Petty is an American country, rock-a-billy and blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. She has played venues across the USA, from honky-tonks to arenas, fronting for major label recording artists. Elaine is equally at home doing a single with her acoustic guitar or fronting a band. Her musical style is influenced by artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Petty to name a few. An energetic, soulful artist, Elaine loves audience participation, is excellent at reading a room and can adapt her repertoire to make a night of enjoyment for all.
When we think about the women that brighten the stages at the Flora-Bama night after night, Rhonda Hart, Donna Slater, Elaine Petty, Sandra Laird, Lea Anne Creswell come to mind. We love those women who belt out cover numbers from country and western, folk, rock and blues to locals, tourists and snowbirds. Oh, and a little known bass player by the name of Cathy Pace. Yeah, she comes to mind, too. To be more accurate, the veteran bassist may be the unofficial queen of the Bama, having played the listening room, the dome stage and the tent stage for decades with all and more of the aforementioned legends of the Bama. For a time, Pace was a member of Jezebels Chilln, a four-piece band that was a staple at the Bama for several years. These days, on any given night, Pace can be joined on stage in the popular listening room by Jason Justice, Jonathan Newton, Jack Robertson and many more. Along with her solid bass line, Pace also brings her brand of humor to the stage. Whether its interacting with the crowd with her hilarious one-liners, elbowing with fellow musicians on stage or flat out poking fun at certain longtime locals. But, for Pace, its all in good fun and just part of the job. Pace can be found with Elaine Petty on the main stage at the Bama as Petty and Pace.