Lucky Pierres

Lucky Pierres
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With one foot firmly planted in Texas roots music and the other somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, the Lucky Pierres have been creating quite a stir with their country and pop-tinged sound. Since 1995, they've been tantalizing their listeners with genuine, cross-eyed hillbilly harmonies in a big city neon glow. The band has played with lots of national acts, including the Derailers, BR5-49, Kelly Willis, Dale Watson, and Damnations TX. With her strong, silky voice, Michele Gonzales Pittenger is a powerhouse. She began her career the way so many young country singers do - in church - and has continued to perform onstage for almost 20 years. Michele has appeared on recordings by Jack Ingram and Old 97s' Rhett Miller, and has performed live with the Old 97s' and Cowboys and Indians. Standing in the spotlight with the Lucky Pierres, there's no question that Michele does much to legitimize an otherwise lurid collection of misfits and has-beens. Bass player and songsmith Bart Chaney's entrance into the Dallas music scene began during the height of the New Wave period, when he formed Feet First, a party band which borrowed heavily from the English Beat songbook. This group was popular in the burgeoning Deep Ellum scene of the 1980s. While on self-exile to Boston, a Sunday morning country radio show and far-away friends in the Dallas cowpunk movement later inspired Chaney to embrace his Texas roots and break out his old George Jones records. His heroes are songwriters -- Buddy Holly, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Willie Nelson, an Bob Dylan, to name a few. Chaney also plays bass and composes for Dallas minimalist lounge group, The Enablers. Lead guitarist Kim Herriage is one of the most underrated guitar players in Texas. Besides guitar, Kim plays lap steel, pedal steel, and mandolin. As co-founder of Feet First (with Bart Chaney), Kim was an integral part of, and prominent figure in, early Eighties Deep Ellum music. Kim was a pioneer of the Americana music movement when he joined the Cartwrights in 1993, then played with the legendary Tex Edwards and the Swingin' Cornflake Killers. A hillbilly at heart, Kim's musical influences range from the Louvin Brothers to Ray Price to Pete Anderson. Drummer Frank Pittenger leads the rhythm section with a driving beat. He was a founding member of Zydeco Faux Pas, a band that was among the first to attract crowds to Naomi's Lounge, the late Dallas roots-rock shrine. Frank has drummed with the Mutineers, the Tail Gators, Liberty Valance, the Calways, and the Rounders. He's a recording engineer during daylight hours, but prefers low-fi at night, including Hasil Adkins and the Flat Duo Jets. Rhythm guitarist Philip Prince, the newest member of the Lucky Pierres, cut his chops on country music while playing with Donny Ray Ford & Liberty Valence. Before that, Philip's musical taste leaned a little more to the left, performing with several punk bands in Texas and California.
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Average Rating : 4.5              Total Reviews: 2

Lucky Pierres  10/31/2005            
I didn't know these guys were on LSM. . . Genuine.
Lucky Pierres  04/20/2003            
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