Playing with the pros: NASCAR’s Kyle Petty a little nervous about performing with Salisbury Symphony
By Mark Wineka
Kyle Petty figures he has written hundreds of songs over the years — and he hasn’t stopped.
Though he remains closely connected to NASCAR, the sport that made his family racing legends, Petty devotes time to music every day. He carries a notepad with him so he can write down a lyric idea he has thought of, or one he has heard in conversation.
When he’s at home watching television, he strums his guitar — a habit that can be annoying to his wife, Morgan. He often shows up at open-mic night at the Evening Muse in Charlotte.
“You learn to do it, and it’s a craft,” Petty says of writing songs, something he has been doing since a traveling preacher gave him a guitar when he was 12. “If you put it on the shelf, you’ve let time fly.”
Petty will perform three of his original compositions with the Salisbury Symphony Feb. 4 at Catawba College’s Keppel Auditorium. It’s part of the orchestra’s 4 p.m. Family Concert, which also will feature the 150-voice Rowan County Fifth Grade Chorus, the Rowan Youth Orchestra and members of the Rowan All-County Band.