Charlie Pierce takes Texas music to new heights
with his skills on the piano, vocals and guitar.
-Live At The Driskill Hotel Review
the very beginning of his existence Charlie’s parents travelled from
town to town with the kids. Looking for a place to settle down they
enjoyed the country, the cities, and everything in between.
Whether or not they meant to, Charlie’s Mom and Pop prepared him
early on for the life of a troubadour, comforting their child in
cramped quarters, singing old familiar tunes, and listening to hit
songs on the radio.
When they finally settled down in Washington somewhere near 1979,
his mom got quite a surprise as she took her son to hunt for
household items at a local garage sale. Little Charlie Pierce
wandered right up to a pint sized piano and started playing
“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. Never once had he been near a piano.
His mom must have surely taken it for a sign because she bought that
little piano right up.
A little later Charlie studied piano for 12 years under Gwendoline
Harper, a Harvard and Radcliffe music scholar and renowned pianist
who taught at University of Washington (Harper studied under Nadia
Boulangeras, as did Quincy Jones when he settled down in Paris).
When Charlie moved from Washington to Chicago he continued his
studies with two Chicago legends, Erwin Helfer, a Chicago boogie
woogie innovator and master and Chris Foreman of the Deep Blue Organ
Trio who is “sought after as one of the best B3 organ players
alive.” (Time Out Chicago)
Since those early years Charlie has provided tour support, has
shared billings, and has recorded or performed with hundreds of
artists including: Hank Williams Jr., Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk
Revue, North Mississippi All-Stars, Wayne “The Train” Hancock,
BR-549, David Allan Coe, Dale Watson, Dickey Betts, The Drive-By
Truckers, Legendary Shack Shakers ,The Sadies, Bastard Sons of
Johnny Cash, Southern Culture On The Skids, Robbie Fulks,
Indigenous, Los Straightjackets, Rosie Flores, Carlos Johnson,
Steepwater Band, Galactic, Jay Bennett of Wilco, The Byrds, Kenny
Brown, Old No. 8, Outlaw Family Band, Mr. Charlie’s Meltdown, Wabash
Cannonballs, The Furious Americans, The Saps, Frank Bang’s Secret
Stash, & Twangoff Records.
As every new road reveals its secrets to the hungry traveler and
life unfolds its songs to those who are listening, surely the story