Pierce Pettis & Grace Pettis together at The Cellar Stage

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 “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 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 Café  . . .  appeared on VH-1, CBS News, and the Nashville Network.  Duing his long career 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 competition for songwriting at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and was a staff songwriter at Polygram and Universal Music Publishing in Nashville. He has received numerous songwriting awards including a 1999 Country Music Award from ASCAP for “You Move Me” --co-written with Gordon Kennedy and recorded by Garth Brooks on his album, Sevens.  Recorded live, his first new album in four years, “That Kind of Love,” Pierce says  has less production then some of his previous CD’s.  Appearing on “That Kind of Love” with Pierce is Kenny Malone, (percussion/drums) Stuart Duncan, (fiddle), Andrea Zonn, from James Taylor’s band, (vocals, fiddle) and Phil Maderia, (keyboards) plus others. With the release of “That Kind of Love” Pierce Pettis rejoined by “State of Grace” producer Garry West. (www.piercepettis.com)
     "Having recently witnessed Grace on stage and heard her perform material from her debut album as well as yet to be recorded compositions, I can attest that Grace weaves words and melodies into memorable songs with a regularity that you'd only expect from a seasoned troubadour." ~Arthur Wood, Maverick Magazine.  Grace Pettis has spent the last two years building a reputation as a respected songwriter in the music industry.  In the fall of 2009 Grace released her self-titled debut album recorded at the renowned Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, TX.  After releasing her album she splashed onto the music scene winning NPRs 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, where her, "Nine to Five Girl" was selected for the "Best Song" award.  Grace carried this momentum when she performed as an "Official Showcase Artist," at the 2010 International Folk Alliance conference, where she captured the attention of John Platt, Rich Warren and many others as one of the young standouts.  Later that spring Grace won the Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest Grand Prize, and the "People's Choice" award. Grace went on to join the Storyville Coffee "Freedom Tour" with the likes of Willie Porter, David Wilcox, and Pierce Pettis.  After touring with Storyville Coffee in the summer she continued to tour in various arrangements from solo, to duo performances with her father, Pierce Pettis, to trio performances with Billy Crockett and Dirje Smith.  Grace has solidified her reputation as an accomplished songwriter. (www.gracepettis.com)


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