The Self-Titled Pierce Edens album marked an initial stride towards a different musical trajectory. The recording took place at his renovated childhood residence nestled deep within the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. It signified Pierce’s departure from the “bar-band, rockabilly blues” style that The Dirty Work had honed through years of live shows. This album served as an expedition into a folk-oriented singer-songwriter approach to his music.
Collaborating with Matt Smith, an long-time member of The Dirty Work, Pierce introduced a fresh lineup of musicians to the ensemble, including Jesse James Hongisto. Notably, the album incorporated a string-section, background vocals, and delved deeply into overdubs, textures, and fresh thematic elements.
- Train Tracks
- Wayfaring Stranger
- Wandering Man
- Rock and Roll Song
- Mighty Mighty
- Pierce Edens: vocals, guitar, banjo, percussion
- Ron Clearfield: cello
- Jesse James Hongisto: bass
- Lady Lane: backup vocals
- Nicky Sanders: violin
- Matt Smith: lap steel, pedal steel, slide, and lead guitar
- Matthew Nielsen: additional percussion and sequencing
- Adam Johnson: engineering and mastering
Produced by Adam Johnson and Pierce Edens. A SoundLab Studios Production