Sarah Pierce Band

Sarah Pierce Band
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Sarah Pierce was born in Rockford, Illinois and raised in rural Texas and Colorado. The daughter of a cowboy raised in a family of cattlemen (4 members are in the Cattlemen's Hall of Fame), Sarah's dream was to be a singer, a dream that began to take shape when she was 12 years old. Her stepfather was a small town doctor by day and played bass in the local country band on the weekends. One day he asked her to come along and sing a few songs. After one song, Sarah had a gig. “The stage is like a big comfortable couch; I am so at home there.” With a master's degree in medical science, Sarah moved to Denver, Colorado as a practicing physician's assistant. While there, she felt that she had been away from her music long enough and, after hearing about a serious music scene in Phoenix, Arizona, decided to move to the desert. “I was missing something crucial to my existence —my music.” In the fall of that year, Sarah began finding the players that would become her band. By the following spring, “Sarah Pierce and the Healers” had been born. While performing at a local club, Sarah was seen by John McEuen (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). That evening he asked if she'd be willing to go on the road as his opening act. Thirteen weeks and thousands of miles later, Sarah had performed before tens of thousands of people, receiving standing ovations wherever she sang. Once back in Phoenix, she opened for many major touring acts. In 1991, Sarah regionally released her debut record, West Texas Wind, on Little Bear Records. In the spring of 1992, Sarah moved to Santa Barbara, California to broaden her performance horizons in and around Southern California. With a new band, her reputation grew quickly and the cream of the local agencies soon saw her. Subsequently, she was booked an additional 70,000 miles performing at fairs, festivals, conventions, and opening act dates from South Dakota and Northern British Columbia to San Antonio, Texas. While living in California, she was seen in performance on MTV and was heard as the singing voice of Calamity Jane on the Emmy-nominated Time-Life television mini-series, The Wild West. While on a trip to Austin, Texas, in the fall of 1993, Sarah discovered a feeling of true belonging and decided to make Austin home. In 1995, Sarah successfully completed her first European tour and in 1998 released her second album on Little Bear Records, No Place Like Home. This record solidified her popularity abroad. No Place Like Home was released domestically in the spring, 2001. During 1998 and 1999, Sarah began preparing for her next record in the midst of touring. In the spring of 2000, she released Birdman, in Europe and stateside in May of 2001. In December of 2000, Sarah released her first children’s recording, The Buttercup Princess, with her proceeds donated to The Ronald McDonald House Charities worldwide. Sarah spent 2001 and most of 2002 on an international tour in support of Birdman, while working on her next project, Love’s The Only Way. Once again recorded in Austin, Texas, Love’s The Only Way was the next step in the musical evolution of this incredible singer/songwriter. More up tempo, a bit funkier, always the same message of hope and love, this recording featured a total of thirteen songs, eleven of which were written by Sarah, including an amazing rendition of the powerful Kimmy Rhodes ballad, “I’m Not An Angel,” and Sarah’s deeply emotional version of the timeless ‘60s anthem, “Get Together." In the fall of 2004, two singles were released from this recording to Adult Contemporary Radio. Both achieved Top 20 status with "Get Together" climbing to number 13 domestically. In 2005, Sarah recorded It Must Be Christmas Time. A collection of ten holiday classics...five of which were penned by Sarah...It Must be Christmas Time was played on Adult Contemporary and National Public Radio stations nationwide both in 2005 and again last year. 2006 was spent rehearsing a new acoustic band, writing for a new project, and performing domestically and abroad. This past July, 2007, Sarah took three weeks away from writing and recording to go back to Italy for a tour of festivals. In seventeen days of headlining, the worst response was 'only' one encore. Now back, she is booking performances for the fall and winter as she finishes her newest recording. Appropriately, it will be called Cowboy's Daughter. It has definitely been a long, wondrous, and sometimes hard road for a girl raised on cattle ranches in Texas, Florida, and Colorado. Thankfully, since moving back to Texas, Sarah has spent her time developing her own, unique musical style. Although that style owes some to rock and roll, the daughter of a cowboy discovered that her musical soul ultimately was the music with which she had been raised.
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Sarah Pierce Band  06/02/2009            
davide frascella
Sarah Pierce: The Cowboy’s Daughter. There’s a new birth breaking into the country music scene, an album released at the end of the last 2008 summer, a gem which all the lovers of this genre should have in their own record-library: it is “COWBOY’S DAUGHTER “, the last work of the American artist Sarah Pierce. The Cowboy’s Daughter is a precious outline of classical harmonies in the American tradition when it faithfully traces most of the emotional standards of the last 50 years. Sarah Pierce was born in Illinois, but raised first in the west rural Texas and then in Colorado; since then, she has always deeply breathed the rustic air of a farm, surrounded by the love of her family of farmers. After a master’s degree in medical science, Sarah tried for a while to be wholly absorbed in her new career, but the call of the farm’s sounds and for the music as a whole contributed to change her mind, so that at around the end of 80’s she started up her first band “The Healers” and in 1991 she would record her first album “West Texas Wind”. Her last job bears the great name of Merel Bregante as its producer, drummer and percussionist as well as being Sarah’s husband, a man on the musical scene since more than 30 years, (firstly with Loggins & Messina, and then with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and so many others). Great musicians teamed up with Merel such as Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep At The Wheel) at the dobro, steel and lap steel guitar, who is nowadays considered one of the most requested artists between the American musicians (meanwhile she takes part to the last Van Morrison’s “Keep it Simple” and the newest album of Willie Nelson); among the musicians, John Mc Euen, the legendary banjoist and mandolinist of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the brothers Cody and Willy Braun, the former at the fiddle and the latter as a perfect vocalist, coming directly from the Reckless Kelly, a country- rock band today in the American forefront of alt-country; Al Garth from the Eagles as solo violin; Riley Osbourne, at the acoustic piano; Rosie Flores, electric guitar; Eric Hanke, harmonica and the same Sarah with two famous Italian musicians such as Alex Adinolfi and Maurizio “Micio” Fassino at the acoustic guitars, capable of giving back really emotional harmonies by their floating touches. 13 tracks in which we can find the most distinctive moments in the American popular music, from “My Day in The Sun” to “Three Cigarettes”, passing to “Radio”, a fantastic folk ballad, where Sarah’s voice alternates the acoustic sounds of a playful and joyous run after, a really authentic and alive extent. The so vibrant “What Would You Do” and “Last Real Cowboy” are two classical country standards of the 50’s, the first a waltz tempo in which stand out with neatness the Cody Braun fiddle. So unique is “Cowboy’s Daughter”, the title truck, where the cowboy is the true prairie’s hero, an icon of the American past which has always gathered whole generations with the great passion for the “Far West”; listening to the tune, the acoustic sounds of John Mc Euen’s mandolin and banjo wonderfully emerge. In “Wish It Away” the Pierce’s vocal timber reminds me that of some other stars in the past history of country music: Lynn Anderson when conveyed all her love in an amazing “Sometimes when We Touch” or previously in “Rose Garden”. As much interesting as the others, “Charlie” is a softy piece written by a famous duo such as Bruce Robison and Lucinda Wlliams ( today “The First Lady” of progressive Americana or Alt-Country music) the bluegrass time in “Jacqueline”, highlighting the Riley Osbourne acoustic piano and the other Doug Hudson’s mandolin. “I Thought I Knew You” reveals great emotions, for a love story roughly ended, where Sarah repeat with sadness “I thought I Knew you better than that, I never dreamed our love wouldn’t last, I fell for you in our first kiss under a falling star we made a wish, to be together endlessly till today”. At last stands over “Tumbleweed Dreams” where Sarah highlights the true skill of a complete artist: writing songs, playing guitar and singing well. Personally speaking, Sarah Pierce’s most relevant artistic skill can be found in her lyrics, where she expresses the man’s ethics values through which she gives life to a story, sometimes evocative, sometimes imaginative, where the dreams become integral, if not essential part in that living path which feels mostly the centrality of our being. Now we are waiting for the next “Italian Tour” summer version of “Cowboy’s Daughter”. Davide Frascella
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