Pierce Edens with Rob Baird
Thu, Oct 17 7:00 pm
Pierce Edens: As those who have seen him live can attest, Pierce Edens absorbed the songwriting, storytelling and musical styling of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains, where he spent his childhood. This history takes the form of old-time, folk and bluegrass music as well as spoken words of storytellers from his North Carolina home; this has earned him the moniker of “Appalachicana.” Over the last ten years, Edens has been drawing on those roots and blending them with the grungy rock and roll sounds that took him in his teenage years. The result is a haunting and fiery mixture that is notoriously hard to pin down. Allmusic.com classifies Edens as both “Folk-Rock” and “psychedelic-grunge,” and No Depression writer Bill Kopp says “[He] could just as easily- and accurately- be tagged with the singer/songwriter label; He’s a gritty troubadour who takes what he needs from each style, blending and bending it to suit the needs of his songs.” Rob Baird: Rob Baird is a thinker, a seeker, a man who surveys the scene, decides what he aims to accomplish and sets it in motion. Sure, over the past five years the Memphis-born musician, who broke out with 2012’s critically-acclaimed I Swear It’s The Truth and built a dedicated fanbase as a result, steadily earned a reputation as a no-frills, earnest singer, songwriter, and performer — one able to tear through the Texas live-music circuit with ease. But Baird envisioned for himself a fuller artistic landscape. “I love Texas but I knew there was more out there,” the 28-year-old says. It’s why he temporarily stepped off the stage, decamped to Nashville and began to assemble Wrong Side of The River, the musician’s most eclectic and elegant, crisp and stunning collection of songs yet. “It was time for me to go out there and figure it out on my own; hit the reset button,” he says.