ALLISON PIERCE Singer-Songwriter Teams with Producer Ethan Johns for Solo Debut Album

“This album feels like the most important creative outpouring of my life so far,” says songwriter Allison Pierce, who is launching the second half of her distinguished career by teaming with producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney). “It feels like the most genuine expression of who I am, musically and personally.”

Year of the Rabbit (May 5, Sony Music Masterworks) marks Allison Pierce’s first album as a solo artist, following two decades with her sister in the acclaimed duo, The Pierces. Recorded in analog straight to magnetic tape, the album was mostly performed by Allison and Ethan at Hollywood recording mecca Sunset Sound (much in the same spirit as Johns produced Ray LaMontagne’s debut LP, Trouble). The only outside contributors were Gabe Witcher, who supplied fiddle on two tracks, and Greg Leisz, who played pedal steel on another.

“Over the years, I’d write these songs knowing they weren’t Pierces songs, and I collected them in anticipation of the day when I could record them myself,” says Pierce. “I’d envisioned the whole thing, so I was ready, and waiting patiently for the opportunity to make it.”

Listen to the first single “Evidence” here on Spotify. “Any good story has a villain, and the more epic the story, the more epic the villain—it makes the story complete,” says Allison, on her retelling of the Original Sin.

“It was intense,” Allison says of the experience, “because Ethan is trying to capture something that’s really intimate, and the more vulnerable, the better. Sometimes I’d feel like a take wasn’t my best musical performance, but Ethan would say, “No, no, no, this is the magic.’ He hears something that’s special, something that would appeal to the emotions of the listener.”

As for the album title? In Chinese astrology, rabbit is the symbol for hope. For Pierce, it also means transformation. “The rabbit in Alice in Wonderland was what took her from her mundane world into the spiritual and mystical realm, where she was transformed.”

Track listing
1.Fool Him
3.Follow You Down
4.Never Coming Back
5.Sea of Love
6.Drink One for You
7.I Can See for Miles
8.To the Grave
9.It Is Well With My Soul
10.A Kiss Before You Go
11.Bed of Nails
12.Peace Like River

Tour Dates (Opening for The Wind And The Wave)

March 31 Spokane, WA The Bartlett

April 1 Boise, ID The Neurolux

April 2 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern

April 3 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

April 5 Petaluma, CA McNear’s Mystic Theatre

April 6 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop

April 7 San Diego, CA The Cashbah

April 8 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theatre

April 10 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar

April 13 Dallas, TX Club Dada

April 14 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall

April 15 Austin, TX 3TEN Austin City Limits Live

May 7 Los Angeles, CA Grand Ole Echo (Solo date)

May 13 Los Angeles, CA McCabe’s Guitar Shop (Solo date)