About the Artist
“This veteran song poet is a self-contained road warrior — a man of many tunes and tunings and a right hand few guitarists will ever know. His music is vital, and live you will see him channel all his energy into the song. The songs are smart, but they come from his heart.” — Frank Goodman,puremusic.com
“…the kind of idealistic, Whitman-esque songs of experience that not many people are singing these days. Put all this together and you have something that sounds suspiciously like wisdom.” — James M. Manheim, Ann Arbor Observer
“He’s clever, deep, crafty, poetic, melodic, ironic and hilarious. In short — the best.”
— Kate Wallace, Trinity Backstage
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. Beautiful melodies, strong guitar work, and Pierce’s rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work.
Pettis has performed in 49 of 50 states as well as in Canada and Europe, appeared 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 Pettis has been a writer/artist at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama and a staff songwriter for Polygram/Universal Music in Nashville. Artists covering his songs range from Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkel, and Dion to Clair Lynch, Tim O’Brien, and Joan Baez. After three critically acclaimed albums on Windham Hill/ High Street, Pettis joined Compass Records in Nashville, releasing five albums —including “That Kind of Love” (2009), which received rave reviews from XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, American Songwriter, The (London, UK) Sunday Express . . . to name a few. In 2014, he joined a co-effort with Kate Campbell and Tom Kimmel to release “New Agrarians —Songs and Stories of the Southland”. Pettis also appeared on the 2013 release, “A Very Blue Rock Christmas” along with Ruthie Foster, David Wilcox, Terri Hendrix, Sara Hickman … and many others. “Father’s Son”, his new solo project for Compass Records Group was released in January of 2019 & is currently #10 in the NACC Folk Charts (1/23/19)