The Chattanooga Whistler


Did you know that many creative visionaries are also musicians? It is true. For instance:

Management Consultant Cartter Frierson has been whistling seriously for over 50 years, inspired by legendary whistlers Fred Lowery and Muzzy Marcellino. Competing in classical and popular music in the 2005 International Whistling Convention, he placed tenth in the men's division. Cartter plays acoustic guitar in  Bluegrass band Wood, Hay & Stubble and plans CD's of popular and classical music and old bluegrass gospel songs.

His first CD, Whistling In the Garden was published in November, 2005. Subtitled Hymns for Meditation, this CD has eleven tracks of classic old hymns arranged as peaceful background music for a period of peaceful reflection.
All pieces on this CD were arranged by Cartter Frierson, who whistles and plays acoustic guitar accompaniments. Other performers are: Lansing Hamilton on piano, Ansley Moses on upright bass, Callie Clark Frierson on vocals, and Lansing Hamilton and Elmer Cole on keyboard for violin and cello parts.   This CD was produced and engineered by Scott Maclellan and recorded at Pyramid Studios, Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The score and lyrics for these hymns are in the public domain.

To listen to Whistling In the Garden on-line right now, you may click on the highlighted tracks shown below. All are 30 second clips, playable with Real Audio.

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1. Beneath The Cross
2. Abide With Me
3. How Great Thou Art
4. Crown Him With Many Crowns
5. Medley: O Master and Savior Like A Shepherd
6. In The Garden
7. Medley: We Gather Together and Shall We Gather At The River
8. Be Thou My Vision
9.  Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
10.  Great Is Thy Faithfulness
11. Amazing Grace

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You may be wondering: "Is whistling appropriate for sacred music?" Actually, the Bible speaks of whistling in several places. Each time, the whistling is a very serious matter! Click to read more about whistling mentions in the Bible

Every city and town seems to have at least one person who is always whistling throughout the day. In Chattanooga that would be Cartter Frierson. So his colleagues dubbed him "The Chattanooga Whistler." After a few years of piano lessons, Cartter learned guitar at age thirteen from Fletcher Bright, lead fiddler for the renowned Dismembered Tennesseans. Famed string instrumentalist Norman Blake taught Cartter how to play banjo three finger style in 1964. Familiar with many instruments and polished on none, Cartter also enjoys playing harmonica, upright bass, and Alpine Horn, taught by Helmut Fricker of Vail Colorado. To Cartter, music is an uplifting tonic, an immediate stress-reliever, the cheapest therapy available. With whistling, your instrument is always close at hand: right under your nose. Cartter can also be engaged for special events.

Cartter has improved in part by studying the styles and techniques of all the great whistlers. You can now hear sample clips of some of the greatest whistlers past and present or find links to many leading whislters alive today by clicking on the links below.


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- May 04, 2006 -