Southern folk poet, PIERCE PETTIS, returns with his Americana vocals and strong roots guitar. Performing Songwriter Magazine calls him, “One of the more vital and critically acclaimed folk stars of recent years.” His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the sadness and humor in daily life. The San Francisco Chronicle praises Pettis as, “A torrent of musical language that speaks to the head and the heart.” Beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work. Garth Brooks, Joan Baez, David Wilcox, Art Garfunkel, Tom Kimmel, Dar Williams, and Claire Lynch (among others) have all covered his songs. He has received many honors & awards for his songwriting, including a “Country Music” award from ASCAP for his song, “You Move Me,” recorded by Garth Brooks. He is currently touring in support of his 2009 release, That Kind of Love. This long-time Attic favorite is a masterful songwriter and performer and a “must see” on our intimate stage.
GRACE PETTIS has already earned national recognition with her 2009 win at the Mountain Stage New Song Songwriting Competition and was also awarded New Song’s “Best Song” award for her “Nine to Five Girl.” In 2010, she was a Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest winner, and in May 2011, she was a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk winner. She tours nationally as a solo artist, as a duo with her father, and as a trio with singer-songwriter, Billy Crockett (who is also her producer), and cellist, Dirje Smith. In the fall of 2009, Grace released her self-titled debut album recorded at the renowned, Blue Rock Studio, in Wimberley, TX. She continues to impress and delight audiences with her blending of deep and vibrant lyrics with memorable folk melodies.
GEORGE PETTIS’ influences such as The Beatles, Sufjan Stevens, Ambulance LTD, Daniel Johnston, Paul Simon, and Beirut have led him to blend acoustic and indie Style to his performance. He is a bright young addition to the Pettis family tradition.
When: Friday, December 23, 2011 – 8:00PM
Where: Eddies Attic
515-B North McDonough Street
Pierce was a staff songwriter for what major record label from 1993-2000?
Entry Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011