Chris Pierce wrote his first song when he was 11 years old. Now, at 50, Pierce is finally, swiftly becoming one of the most remarkable singer-songwriters on the folk/roots circuit.
His new album, Let All Who Will, is an excellent collection of songs about love, curiosity, and the tension that often arises from social issues.
On this episode of the Why We Write podcast, Pierce talks about the utility of songwriting in the context of our current socio-political moment. He talks about watching Neil Young every night during a recent tour and what he learned about songwriting from watching such a master. He talks about working with Sunny War, their long collaboration, and the various ways she has inspired him through the years. And, of course, he also ruminates on why he started writing and why he’s kept going.