We have a double helping today from Garret Pierce‘s new album Dusk released this month in partnership with Crossbill Records. Talking about the song Enough Garret told us “I live part-time in San Francisco and walk through the heart of the Tenderloin area weekly. Back when I lived full-time in SF, I sadly put my blinders on regarding the troubling mental health and homelessness throughout the city…but now I do my best to embrace these issues head-on.
This song explores the problems people face in the Tenderloin through a first-person account. I grew up with a mother with mental health and drug problems, and I was nearly homeless myself during my senior year of high school, so I’ve channeled my experiences to paint a picture of life on the streets. We recorded around forty tracks of instrumentation (with multiple tracks of keyboards and guitars) to make this song the most lush on the album.”
About Garrett Pierce
Garrett Pierce began writing for magazines and playing in rock bands as a teen in Los Angeles before permanently relocating to the Bay Area in the early 2000’s. His first full-length album ‘Like A Moth’ was a stripped down acoustic affair with guest appearances by notable songwriters Jolie Holland and Matt Bauer. Garrett then traveled and toured Europe where he was honoured to support Nick Cave in Greece. With a pocketful of songs, he returned to make ‘All Masks’ (Crossbill Records) – a lush album recorded in the gold rush town of Columbia, CA featuring strings, wind instruments and a cast of over ten musicians.
Garrett’s 2012 record ‘City of Sand’ (Narnack Records) was largely biographical, commenting on his dizzying relationship with the city and growing desire to leave for more natural settings. During this period, Garrett began splitting his time between Sonoma County and San Francisco – playing clubs throughout the bay area at night and working in the wine industry during the day.
Other than continuing to be a voracious reader of classic American authors like Richard Brautigan, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway and Henry Miller, he is an avid mushroom forager, and when he’s not in the studio you might find him somewhere in the redwoods of the Sonoma Coast walking through the damp earth. For fans of Will Oldham, Iron & Wine, Jeff Buckley, and Elliot Smith.
Dusk is available via Bandcamp here: https://garrettpierce.bandcamp.com/
Photo Credit: Sophie Drucker