“Pierce Pettis doesn’t write mere songs, he writes literature…End to end the songwriting is brilliant…Pierce Pettis albums are events in my listening. His writing just gets better all the time and his singing is marvelous, wry and warm…” Sing Out!
Pierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters. His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life. Pettis’ music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing. The beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and Pierce’s rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work. Pierce Pettis will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Thursday, December 13 at 7pm. Johanna Warren will open the show.
Pettis has performed in all 48 continental states as well as in Canada and Europe, appeared nine times on American Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, been featured on National Public Radio’s E-town, Morning Edition and World Cafe … appeared on VH-1, CBS News, and the Nashville Network.
During his long career Pierce Pettis has been a writer at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, recorded for Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York, won the prestigious New Folk songwriting competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and was a staff songwriter at Polygram/Universal Music Publishing in Nashville. He has received numerous songwriting awards including a 1999 ASCAP Country Music Award for You Move Me –recorded by Garth Brooks.
Opening the show, JohannaWarren (Portland, OR) crafts powerful songs in unusual time signatures and melancholic open tunings, weaving adept finger-picking with lilting, acrobatic vocal lines and potent poetry. In 2015, Rolling Stone Magazine named Johanna “One of Four Singer-Songwriters You Need to Know.”
Photo by Stacie Huckeba
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Sarasota, FL 34236