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Pierce Pettis

You know you've got a shot when Joan Baez covers one of your songs. That's what sparked the career of Alabama singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis in 1979 when Baez chose to include "Song at the End of the Movie" on her Honest Lullaby. From there, Pettis was involved with the Fast Folk movement in New York in the '80s alongside artists such as Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega. He continued to write songs and eventually embarked on his solo career in 1987 with the independent release of Moments, an album which some still consider his finest. Following that, Pettis made his way onto High Street Records, issuing four releases between 1991 and 1996. Tinseltown, While the Serpent Lies Sleeping, Chase the Buffalo, and Making Light of It all garnered much critical praise, but failed to find a widespread audience. What Pettis did find were fans in other artists who began adding his original tunes to their own repertoires. Dar Williams snagged "Family" for her Mortal City disc, while Garth Brooks tapped "You Move Me" for his hit Sevens. Maintaining his status as a songwriter has always been a focus for Pettis, from his time at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to his work as a staff writer for PolyGram Publishing in Nashville. Making his name as an artist is another matter, and one that Pettis continues to pursue. In 1998, he aimed himself in a slightly different direction, he signed on with Compass Records and released Everything Matters. A fine collection of poignant character sketches, Everything Matters has a more refined, mature sound than previous efforts, perhaps due to the production of Grammy winner Gordon Kennedy who is best known for his work on Eric Clapton's "Change the World." ~ Kelly McCartney
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Selected Discography

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Track List: That Kind Of Love

1. Nothing But The Wind

2. I Am Nothing

3. Veracruz

4. Farewell

5. Lion's Eye

6. You Did That For Me

7. That Kind Of Love

8. Talk Memphis

9. To Dance

10. Hallelujah

11. Pastures Of Plenty

12. Something For The Pain

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Track List: Great Big World

1. Another Day In Limbo

2. Alabama 1959

3. Great Big World

4. Rodeo Around The World

5. Black Sheep Boy

6. Cracker Jack Ring

7. Leonardo

8. Shady Grove

9. Anybody's Girl

10. You're Gonna Need This Memory

11. Love Will Find You Again

12. Song Of Songs

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Track List: State Of Grace

1. Rise From The Ruins

2. State Of Grace

3. Long Way Back Home

4. Georgia Moon

5. A Mountaineer Is Always Free

6. Moontown

7. We Will Meet Again

8. Nothing But The Truth

9. Crying Ground

10. All In Good Time

11. Little River Canyon

12. Down In The Flood

13. I've Got A Hope

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Track List: Everything Matters

1. Tip Of My Tongue

2. Neutral Ground

3. Just Like Jim Brown (She Is History)

4. Love Will Always Find Its Way

5. God Believes In You

6. My Little Girl

7. My Heart Goes Out

8. Comet

9. Kingdom Come

10. Hole In My Heart

11. Words Said In The Dark

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Track List: Making Light Of It

1. Satellite Sky

2. My Life Of Crime

3. Miriam

4. Depending On Gravity

5. Desire

6. Granddaddy Blew The Whistle

7. Absalom, Absalom

8. This Ain't Love

9. Affectionate Girl

10. No Big Deal

11. Hold On To That Heart

12. You Move Me

13. Love's Gonna Carry Me Home

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jlarsen3
Saw him and Grace at a house concert this fall with my daughters. What special time.
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I had the privilege of hearing him at a house concert in probably '99 - His voice is so pure. That has to be my favorite concert experience - a few feet from Pierce and just his guitar.
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ralph.koehri n g
Have always been a major fan. As one reviewer said, Pierce sings straight from the heart. Every lyric of his has something to offer. Thanks, Pierce, for being true. My enjoyment of his music has not waned since I saw him live at the University of Vermont in the early 90s.
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crby717
As good as it gets!
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A great personal friend, sang at my wedding, writes from his heart, sings from his soul, and a true magician with his guitar. Catch him live if you can...
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Sweet~
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wildtreegirl
I sing his song "Everything Matters" at my church. Love this guy!
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I've become a fan... we've seen him 4-5 times now, in concert, in small venues. He's a fun entertainer and I've bought of all his CDs.
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Incredible singer/songw r i t e r ! Great Big World looks worth buying...bet t e r yet hear him live...often said but pierce sounds like the real deal.
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I've known Pierce since College days at Florida State in the early 70's. He gives it all for an audience of 6 on a Wed night in the old bar at Smokies as he does for a concert before hundreds. Love him and love his music he's a spirit filled man and his music has always been fresh, thanks Pierce for all the memories,
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I like this guy,he has a nice delivery,sou n d s good....
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no comments - wow... cross between john hiatt - dylan and darius then a more folksy sound - i'm diggin' it

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