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Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

(New Hampshire)


May 5, 2019

Alice Wallace

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer.  From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable live performances feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, or acoustic guitar.  Heather began to learn piano at age 5 from her dad.  “The very first time I played the piano – a real piano – I knew that this was exactly what I wanted to do, every moment that I had the chance to do it.”  After enjoying modest success with the release of several solo records, Heather burst upon the national folk scene in 2015 with her trio which features Davy Sturtevant on strings/cornet and Shawn Nadeau on upright bass.  Davy is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, songwriter, and performer who now makes his home in the western foothills of Maine.  Armed with a gorgeous tenor voice and a mighty arsenal of instruments ranging from dobro to fiddle to cornet that come to life in his capable hands, Davy is at once a witty, thoughtful, and engaging stage presence.   Shawn brings a rock solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz.  In their able hands, these three veteran musicians have catapulted Heather's live performances of her deep well of Americana originals - folk, jazz, blues - with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies.   The title track from the trio’s debut EP, Still She Will Fly,  was the #2 single on the Folk radio charts for 2015, and three other songs were also in the Top 100 singles on Folk radio in 2015.  Their full-length debut, Singin’, was released last year and debuted at #1 on the Folk radio charts