After a decade of self-released albums 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 family and land to harness a brazenly raw sound.
Collaborating with Tim Buhmeyer, Ed Mansheim, and Dave Schwarm, Pettit has amplified his Americana sound. Performing under the moniker, Eric Pettit Lion, they have developed a dark collection of folk songs. Their music dives headfirst into intense narratives of people and places, life and death, family and politics. Their outlook on modern times is clear in the 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, Eric Pettit Lion continue 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.