Amanda Pearcy’s music is rooted in in her hardscrabble history, authentically grounded in her earthy, soulful voice. Testifying to her southeast Texas upbringing, and her resilience in the face of some of life’s tougher lessons, Pearcy’s songs carry a sense, and the sensuality, of the South, weaving themes of home and its loss; love, both surrendered to, and longed for; and our human experience’s collective memory.
Her 2015 release and third album with producer Tim Lorsch, 'An Offering', was selected as #1 on the prestigious EuroAmericana Chart’s 2015 Year End List and was one of Texas Music Magazine’s 2015 Albums of the Year. Texas Music Magazine also selected Pearcy as one of the "Texas Music 10: Singer Songwriters of Distinction" in their Winter 2016 Issue. Upon its release in the fall of 2015, 'An Offering' was voted #1 by a landslide for the Oct EuroAmericana Chart, and kept the #1 ranking on that chart for Nov as well. Her 2013 release, 'Royal Street', spent an unprecedented three months at #1 & #2 on the EuroAmericana Chart, and landed at #7, behind Steve Earle and Guy Clark, on the chart’s 2013 Year End List. Amanda and both albums, 'An Offering' and 'Royal Street', were John Conquest's picks for Songwriter and Album of the Year in his 3rd Coast Music's Best of 2015 and Best of 2013.
Most of the songs on 'An Offering' were written during a transitory year and a half after the success of 'Royal Street'. Living on the cusp of homelessness, Pearcy cared for travelers’ homes in exchange for a temporary roof over her head, while a beloved family member was incarcerated in the oldest prison in Texas. It is not surprising that imagery from hearth and home and snapshots from the urban landscape are evident in the songs on 'An Offering', exploring freedom and confinement on the home front, as well as what we reveal about who we are by what we hide, what we give up, and what we offer. The songs culminate into a blissful sigh in the instrumental reprise of the title track, showcasing Tim Lorsch’s gorgeous strings.
Along with Lorsch, other talents on 'An Offering' include Jimmy Lafave, Ray Bonneville, George Bradfute, Ron de la Vega, Mickey Grimm, Mike Daly, Stefano Intelisano, Matt Giles, Vickie Carrico, and Britt Savage. Collectively, some of the artists these musicians have recorded with are Sam Baker, Hayes Carll, Slaid Cleaves, Rodney Crowell, Mary Gauthier, Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Peters, Townes Van Zandt, and Lucinda Williams.
"Tough, sweet, and hard to shake, 'An Offering' contains some of the best songwriting you're liable to hear this year. She puts flesh on the familiar bones of Southern gothic — and makes them sound like lived experience, only described by a sharp observer with a store of original images." — Madison Searle, Texas Music Magazine