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Pierce & Grace Pettis and Grant Peeples, Live at the Junction @ Monroe
Friday, March 16th, 2018
8:00 PM
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PIERCE PETTIS
Pettis hit the road and became a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s. He released one independent solo album, Moments (1984) before signing with High Street Records, a division of Windham Hill. There, he released three albums: While the Serpent Lies Sleeping (1989), Tinseltown (1991), and Chase the Buffalo (1993). His relationship with Tinseltown producer Mark Heard transcended the album. After Heard’s untimely death in 1992, Pettis committed to including a song of Heard’s on every one of his own albums, a practice that continues to this day.

Pettis was a staff songwriter for PolyGram from 1993-2000 and when his High Street contract ended, Pettis signed to Compass Records where he has released Making Light of It (1996), Everything Matters (1998), State of Grace (2001), and Great Big World (2004). Pierce Pettis’ songs have been recorded by artists including Susan Ashton, Dar Williams, Garth Brooks and Art Garfunkel.

Pettis currently lives in Alabama with his youngest son. His most recent album, "That Kind of Love" on Compass Records was released January 27 2009. In 2014, "New Agrarians --Songs & Stories of the Southland" was released, a co-effort by Pierce Pettis, Kate Campbell & Tom Kimmel. Pierce is currently working on a new album for Compass Records Group which will be released in 2018.

GRACE PETTIS
In her short career, Alabama songwriter Grace Pettis has amassed bragging rights to spare. She is the winner of many of the nation’s most prestigious songwriting contests, including Kerrville New Folk Contest and NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, where she also took “best song” honors. Last summer, she received a grant from the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, enabling her to attend the Chris Difford Songwriting Retreat and to co-write new songs with award-winning, chart-topping songwriters. Grace’s self-released, fan funded studio albums have garnered praise from critics, fans, and industry alike.  Maverick Magazine enthusiastically endorsed her latest release, saying, “If you only buy one album this year, Two Birds is it!” Sirius XM Program Director, Mary Sue Twohy described Grace’s distinct, unaffected voice as a "wide open prairie, full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunderclouds.”  Grace’s songs have been recorded by other esteemed artists, including former State Musician of Texas Sara Hickman and three-time Grammy-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster. Ruthie Foster covered two of Grace’s songs on her spring 2017 release, "Joy Comes Back." Pettis is currently recording her third studio album, expected later this year.

GRANT PEEPLES
A self-described “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads.
In 2014 he was the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” as well as their "unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” He was a 2016 Finalist in the prestigious New Folk Songwriters Showcase, sponsored by Kerrville Folk Festival. Third Coast Magazine’s John Conquest says “Peeples is unusually literate, unusually honest. And the only songwriter I have ever called ‘ruthless.’” Grant has made seven studio records. Including a trilogy produced by Gurf Morlix. His newest record, “A Congress of Treasons,” was released in February, 2016