Asheville Disclaimer: September 2005. (Full Article)
Talking New Roots Music: A sit-down with Pierce Edens.
By Jake Frankel.
Local old-time blues singer/songwriter Pierce Edens’ perfectly gruff and gravely voice rises up from his gut, sounding like the sad, wise product of a thousand years worth of wars and loves gone wrong, as if he just woke up from a life of hard drinking and is now ready to tell his tale.
A regular in Asheville’s folk scene for several years now, I went by Pierce’s West Asheville home on a recent muggy night and sat down on the front porch with him to hear more of that tale, and while it wasn’t quite as dramatic as his voice suggests, (he is only twenty-something years old after all) it was plenty interesting.
He was born and raised in Brush Creek, Madison County, where he grew up learning songs from old-time legend Shelia Adams and sitting in on jams with the like of now-turned bluegrass star Josh Goforth.
But, not surprisingly, he shunned his country music roots as he got a little older, instead choosing to embrace the teenage angst-expressing power of distortion and grunge rock. A few years later, with a degree in Philosophy from Warren Wilson and some traveling under his belt, he says he was figuratively and musically “ready to go back to Madison County.”
Talking to Pierce while sipping on one of his flavorful, stout homebrews, I was particularly interested in that process of rebelling against, and then turning back toward, roots music...