6 October 2017

Pierce Pettis

Kate Copeland opens

On Friday, October 6, the me&thee coffeehouse welcomes Pierce Pettis back to its stage. Pettis is adored by critics and the public alike. His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on humor and trials in daily life. ¶ Kate Copeland, from New York City, opens the show.

Concert starts at 8:00 pm

Pierce Pettis

Pierce Pettis’s music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing. The beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and Pierce’s rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work. He has performed in all 48 continental states as well as in Canada and Europe, appeared nine times on American Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, been featured on National Public Radio’s E-town, Morning Edition and World Cafe … appeared on VH-1, CBS News, and the Nashville Network.

During his long career Pierce Pettis has been a writer at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, recorded for Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York, won the prestigious New Folk songwriting competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and was a staff songwriter at Polygram/​Universal Music Publishing in Nashville, where his song “Song at the End of the Movie” found its way onto a Joan Baez album. He has received numerous songwriting awards including a 1999 ASCAP Country Music Award for “You Move Me” — recorded by Garth Brooks. Pettis has several critically acclaimed albums and has received rave reviews from publications all over the globe. Songwriter David Wilcox (who has co-written songs with Pettis) says: “I enjoy writing with Pierce because he expects a lot from a song. He knows that music can find the source of hope in tough times and heal the heart when words alone fail.”

Photo by Robert Hakalski

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Kate Copeland

Kate Copeland is an award-winning singer-songwriter​/​composer​/​arranger based in New York City. She is a graduate of Oberlin’s Conservatory composition program and has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in addition to putting out her own music. Some recent production credits include Abakis’ I’m One Too, General Mojo’s How to Hollow a Heart, and Mike O’Malley’s Growlers. She released her first solo album, Recollection Room, in 2015 and followed it up with Red and Blue in 2016. Most recently ASCAP declared her this year’s winner of the prestigious Robert Allen Award.

  • Pierce Pettis is one of today’s most celebrated American songwriters. His songs, tinged with his Appalachian upbringing, have been called profound, beautifully delivered, wry, sensitive, and an integral part of any singer/songwriter’s collection. Curator Magazine
  • Pierce Pettis doesn’t write mere songs, he writes literature. . . . End to end the songwriting is brilliant. . . . Pierce Pettis albums are events in my listening. His writing just gets better all the time and his singing is marvelous, wry and warm. . . . Sing Out
  • . . . one of the more vital and critically acclaimed folk stars of recent years. Performing Songwriter
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  • With soft instrumentals, enchanting vocals, and gypsy-soul lyrics, Kate Copeland is remarkable. Planet Stereo
  • Copeland will make you think about where you’re coming from and how you got there. For an artist, that’s getting the job done. Baeble Music
  • Copeland has a beautiful rich and sultry voice and writes phenomenal and powerful songs. What I Read and Watched