After a decade of self-released albums (The Urban Edge, Coconino County EP, Only Music, et al.) and life experiences piling up, including a tumultuous stint in the American Southwest, Eric Pettit finds his new sound in the very place he started. Based out of Burlington, Iowa, Eric Pettit has surrounded himself with his once estranged family and land to harness a brazenly raw sound. A sound with echoes of the West; and of Southeast Iowa, akin and influenced by the regional heavyweight talents of Patrick Hazel and William Elliot Whitmore.
Collaborating with Dave Schwarm and blues veterans Tim Buhmeyer and Greg Floyd, Pettit has amplified his Americana singer/song writer sound. Writing, performing, and recording together, they have developed a dark collection of folk songs. Their debut album, We Are In Rome, mastered by Luke Tweedy at Flatblack Studios in Iowa City, Iowa, dives headfirst into intense narratives of people and places, life and death, family and politics. Their outlook on modern times is clear in the title track’s lyric, “Caesars change, but it’s all the same”- We Are In Rome. While the story of a man struggling with his polygamist Mormon past is evident in the Jack Mormon verse, “Joseph Smith doesn’t care about me because I grew up in polygamy”.
Like the gritty Mississippi River they reside by, The Eric Pettit Band continues the classic river metaphor by creating music that everyone can relate to with the passage of time. Raw music about real issues with real consequences heading downstream.