Join us Sunday February 23rd at 5pm 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.
…"one of the most engaging performers in the biz"
"Time Out" London
Peter has performed and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, Linda Eder, Sophie B. Hawkins, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Shaiman, Frank Filipetti, Julie Taymor, Lesley Gore, Crash Test Dummies, Joel Grey, The Platters, Harvey Fierstein and more.
Calo has also produced many recordings including Carly Simon’s release, “Never Been Gone” and is featured in the documentary, “All You Need is Klaus”. He was guitarist for Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” and for the Tony and Grammy Award-winning original Broadway and film production of “Hairspray”.
Peter also contributed music for Carly Simons recently released autobiography Audio book, “Boys In The Trees.”
Peter played to a sold out Carnegie hall as part of the” Lead Belly Tribute”, performing with Eric Burton (The Animals), Edgar Winter, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Walter Trout and others.
In 2018 Peter was the musical director for the PBS Special “Jimmy Webb Live from The Kate” which also featured Ashley Campbell, the daughter of legend Glen Campbell.
Peter Calo just released a recent CD, “Time Machine.” Which went #9 Top Album on the Top 50 Alternative Album Chart With the single “Don’t Ever Go Away” # 6 Song on the Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart. “Don’t Ever Go away has gone to #1 on some radio stations.
Peter has released 5 CDs of his own music, “Wired To The Moon” and “Cape Ann”, a CD featuring Peters’ special arrangements called “Cowboy Song” as well as Tribute CDs to The Beatles and the Eagles on Northstar Records.
Peter composed the music for “Extra Inning” which recently won best film in both the “Manhattan Film Festival” and the “Jersey Shore Film Festival.”
Peter has a new CD coming out which is a collection of acoustic guitar pieces mostly composed by Peter Calo and produced and engineered by legendary mastering Engineer, Scott Hull, Of Masterdisk.
"Calo is Captivating…Peter is a masterful guitarist... "
The Boston Globe
Peter’s guitar playing is featured in the film “100 Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren as well as Grammy winning Film “Hairspray, Across the Universe” and also TV shows “Ray Donovan” and “The Affair” and countless commercials.