Rings In 2010 With
Powerful New CD
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(San Diego, CA): As she releases her third CD, “Doghouse Rose,” Petite builds on a reputation for quality that has already led the San Diego-based country artist to release two independent CDs (“Tiger Mountain” and “Lead the Parade”) to international acclaim.
On her new CD, “Doghouse Rose, Petite follows the musical path she began laying down on “Tiger Mountain” and “Lead the Parade,” however, this album is tempered with the more rocking but still roots-based influences of artists such as Steve Earle. The CD was produced and recorded by Eddie Gore at Insomnia Recording Studio in Tennessee, where Gore began a partnership with Stax record pioneer and guitarist-songwriter, Steve Cropper. Connecting with legends, Petite’s new release features former Dukes member “Handsome” Harry Stinson on backup vocals; former Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam bassist Dave “Ro”; former Lucinda Williams and current Marty Stuart guitarist Kenny Vaughn; and Keith Anderson’s drummer, William Ellis.
With the new release coming on the heels of being named “Best Americana or Country” in the 2009 San Diego Music Awards, Petite stands to go from up-and-coming artist to an artist that has arrived on an international level. Kicking off a tour in April, Petite will head to the U.K. for a three-week tour with several dates in England and Ireland.
No stranger to Europe, Petite was first introduced across the pond when her song “Coming Home” from her 2005 debut album of the same name was featured on the compilation CD “Country,” from Universal Music in France. The song and Petite were featured alongside legendary artists such as Tim McGraw, Reba McIntyre, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, with whom she’s been compared. “Coming Home” also appears on Shut Eye Records’ compilation CD, “The United States of Americana.”
Not just a original voice, Petite is a natural songwriter, evidenced by the fact in her first-ever songwriting competition, three of her songs advanced in the International Songwriting Competition in 2005, with two making it to the semi-finals. Since then, she has been honored in the West Coast Songwriter’s Competition; Great American Songwriter’s Competition; Great Waters Folk Festival Song Contest (Top 5 finalist); San Diego Music Awards (2nd). In 2006, Petite earned the Grand Prize in the 2006 Portland Songwriting Contest.
On stage, Petite has opened for such major headliners as Josh Turner, Shooter Jennings, Trent Thomlinson, Richie McDonald, John Eddie, Todd Snider, Ralph Stanley, Steve Poltz, Lance Miller and Bert Jansch.
Sara learned to sing country music by studying the best. Raised where wild huckleberries grow in Summer, Washington – a tulip-farming town southeast of Seattle – she listened to Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. When Petite was 6, she and her twin sister fell in love with Loretta Lynn when they saw "Coal Miner's Daughter." Her mother would get her albums from the library, and when people came over to visit, she and her sister would sing the songs together, standing on top of the coffee table, using a jump rope as a microphone. Her all-time favorite artists leant her their vocal inflections and, most importantly, gave her a respect and admiration for country music.
“I don’t always consider myself a country artist,” she says. “My songs range from bluegrass to country to rock ‘n’ roll, but I know my voice sounds distinctly country.”
Being called everything from “Outlaw country” to “AAA singer-songwriter,” Petite’s songs revive fond memories of history, home and travels. From the stage, Sara tells the story of visiting with family, where she and her twin sister were surprised to find an indoor outhouse.
Inspiration for her songs comes from broken hearts and those full of hope. She speaks with obvious relish when relating stories of such colorful characters as her grandfather, who as a pioneering representative of the aviation industry, sold a plane to Elvis Presley. Another tale is about her Uncle Irving, a nature writer who once lived with a bear, chickens and goats on Tiger Mountain in Washington state, which became the family's emotional home base.
Riding the wave of a well-received new CD, Petite looks forward to spreading her music as far as the road takes her in 2010.