Pierce Pettis Plays At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pierce Pettis will perform at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 8 p.m  The coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road.  There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Review for Pierce Pettis:

After a lifetime of crafting finely-wrought, heart-touching songs, singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis feels that he’s finally found his comfort zone. “The biggest change,” he says of this point in his career “has been getting over myself and realizing this is a job and a craft. And the purpose is not fame and fortune (whatever that is) but simply doing good work.”  

“From the time I was very little, I always had the music going in my head,” Pettis explains. “Like my own personal soundtrack or something. I also come from a fairly musical family: my mother went to music school and was an excellent organist and pianist.  And my sisters all played piano and other instruments.  In school, I met other kids who wanted to be rock stars, just like me.  From the time we were around 10 or so up through high school, we put together various bands -- all of them horrible.” 

His “horrible” bands didn’t deter him though and even though he had a nagging feeling  (“I thought I was supposed to be a doctor or something.”) he persevered, not only playing music but writing songs in a mix of rock, folk, country and R&B genres that landed him an unpaid position as a staff writer for Muscle Shoals Sounds Studios. While there, his track “Song at the End of the Movie” found its way to Joan Baez’s 1979 album Honest Lullaby. 

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.

Ladies Of Lee To Perform Tuesday

The Ladies of Lee will present its spring concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at The Lee University Chapel.  This year’s program, “Your Kingdom Come,” will feature a variety of sacred music, including gospel songs, spirituals, traditional hymns, and modern worship songs. A new piece by Lee student Kadison Beavers will also be performed.  Lee student conductors Brittany ... (click for more)

SAU’s Wind Symphony Offers A “World Tour” Concert April 8

The Southern Adventist University Wind Symphony invites the public to a concert on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. With the theme “World Tour,” Ken Parsons will conduct the performance in the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Dr. East in Collegedale. The ensemble will present works such as Michael Markowski’s “joyRiDE;” Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Variations ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)