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CMT may have dubbed Don Pedigo "The hard-rocking heartthrob from the heartland" but there's so much more to his raw honest talent and authentic mid-western charm.
Born in Freetown, IN, Don grew up listening to a healthy mix of 70's Southern California songwriters, 80's Midwestern rockers and his mother in the living room playing gospel piano. It was when his father turned him on to the Beatles, Bob Seger, CCR, Jim Croce and a host of other influences that Pedigo was inspired to pick up a guitar and start writing his own songs.
"I've learned that 90% of songwriting is spontaneous," says Pedigo. "The best ones come to you in 15 minutes. Then there are others that jumble around in your head for months until they come out sounding like something. But in the end you're proud of them all."
Pedigo's new album, Cross Eyed, is his second full-length collection of songs and the first (of hopefully many) to be mastered by five-time Grammy Award winning producer Ray Kennedy. The material spans varying musical styles, from pure country to rock reminiscent of fellow heartlander John Mellencamp and contemporaries such as Pete Yorn. Lyrically, Pedigo's music speaks to his own life's experience.
"The title track, 'Cross Eyed Sunday Morning' is about a guy who wakes up a little hungover for church," says Pedigo. "He knows he needs some redemption, but could do without the finger pointing. He's a little disoriented, and I've been there for sure."
On "Jonah" Pedigo explores spiritual awakenings. "It's about someone who's keeps on trying when life knocks him down even when he himself is the one doing the knocking. It's about having faith in the world and in one's self no matter how dark the days."