Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Pierce Pettis


Pierce Pettis is one of our contemporary folk favorite singer/songwriters. We grew up listening to him and seeing his shows and even learning his songs. His songs combine real songcraft with a soulfull, heartfelt delivery. He's here February 5!

Where and when was your first show?

DeKalb County (Alablama) Fair, 1964. I was 11. My band, “The Mustangs”, won 2nd place. 1st place went to Jeff Cook —future guitarist for the band, Alabama.

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

There are so many: Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Mark Heard, Bruce Cockburn, Richard Thompson, Leo Kottke, Jesse Winchester, Joni Mitchell, Ry Cooder, Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, etc., etc.

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

Again, there have been several . . . playing the Ryman in Nashville w/Andrew Peterson, the Greenbelt Festival in England . . . Probably my best touring experience was Storyville Coffee’s “Freedom Tour” in 2010 —to aid the International Justice Mission, which fights the international slave trade. That one was really special.

Favorite Food: Definitely sushi. Favorite Drink: Guinness or a dirty, very dry martini (Tanqueray —shaken, not stirred)

If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself? Pee Wee Herman? Flipper? Maybe SpongeBob.

What two words would best describe your music? Heavy mellow.