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Great Big World

Great Big World

by Pierce PettisPierce Pettis


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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: 08/03/2004
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397438825
catalogNumber: 974388
Rank: 192948


  1. Another Day in Limbo
  2. Alabama 1959
  3. Great Big World
  4. Rodeo Around the World
  5. Black Sheep Boy
  6. Cracker Jack Ring
  7. Leonardo
  8. Shady Grove
  9. Anybody's Girl
  10. You're Gonna Need This Memory
  11. Love Will Find You Again
  12. Song of Songs

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pierce Pettis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Alison Brown   Banjo
David Wilcox   Background Vocals
Dana Cooper   Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric 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   Double Bass,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
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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