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Great Big World

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Great Big World is Pierce Pettis' third recording for Compass Records, an album that once again delivers what fans have come to expect from this literate singer/songwriter: solid material, tasteful accompaniment, and a fine presentation. The album cover itself, a brightly hand-painted picture of a sailor in a small sailboat, seems to promise good things. As always, Pettis offers thoughtful material like "Leonardo," a reflection on the Renaissance's most well-known painter, and "Black Sheep Boy," a meditation on the allure of a misbehaving soul. Although Pettis is perhaps best known for his own compositions, he does a great job handling material by other writers, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Great Big World is Pierce Pettis' third recording for Compass Records, an album that once again delivers what fans have come to expect from this literate singer/songwriter: solid material, tasteful accompaniment, and a fine presentation. The album cover itself, a brightly hand-painted picture of a sailor in a small sailboat, seems to promise good things. As always, Pettis offers thoughtful material like "Leonardo," a reflection on the Renaissance's most well-known painter, and "Black Sheep Boy," a meditation on the allure of a misbehaving soul. Although Pettis is perhaps best known for his own compositions, he does a great job handling material by other writers, including Mark Heard's "Another Day in Limbo." There's also a fine version of the traditional "Shady Grove." Pettis' interpretations of his and others' work reveals him as a sensitive singer, and the low-key accompaniment provides solid, discerning support. While singer/songwriters have the rep of penning depressing pieces about love and life, Pettis ends Great Big World on an upbeat note with the hopeful "Love Will Find You Again" and the quiet "Song of Songs." Fans of Pettis' former work, and fans of singer/songwriters in general, will welcome the release of Great Big World.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397438825
  • Catalog Number: 974388
  • Sales rank: 125,283

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pierce Pettis Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Alison Brown Banjo
David Wilcox Background Vocals
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Dana Cooper Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin, Octave Violin
Kenny Malone Percussion, Drums
Reese Wynans Hammond Organ
Andrea Zonn Fiddle, Strings, Vocals, Background Vocals
Nance Pettit Background Vocals
Danny Thompson Acoustic Bass
Garry West Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Tom Britt Electric Guitar, Tres
Technical Credits
Mark Heard Composer
Pierce Pettis Composer
Dana Cooper Composer
Claire Lynch Composer
Irene Kelley Composer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
Andrea Zonn String Arrangements
Garry West Producer, Audio Production
Lindy Robbins Composer
Erick Jaskowiak Engineer
Terry Cannon Paintings
Lee Ann Brown Composer
Fabrizio Casalino Composer
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