Grace Pettis‘ has just landed a new single/video Drop Another Pin, an alt-country-folk ode to living in the moment. Inspired by Pettis’ own nomadic upbringing across the South, the song has gained new meaning in 2020. Grace spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as her desire to perform in Scotland.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Drop Another Pin?
It’s been good, I think. Drop Another Pin has been a fan favourite in my live sets for a few years now. But I think it’s possibly more timely now than when I wrote it. We’re all having to learn how to get better at accepting change and finding stillness in this pandemic age.
TF: Can you sum up the track in a sentence?
Life is about constant change; live in the moment and travel light.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
I’ve been working on making demos of new and unreleased songs. That’s kept me busy. I’m trying to teach myself a few more of the ins and outs of home recording and livestreaming. I play regular webcasts for my fans, especially my wonderful Patreon tribe (patreon.com/gracepettis). I’m also making a Star Trek/music podcast called Troubadours on Trek. I interview musician and music industry friends and we review episodes of Star Trek together. Beyond that, I’m gearing up for two album releases in 2021: my own forthcoming debut on Mpress Records and an album with my band, Nobody’s Girl (with BettySoo and Rebecca Loebe).
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I have a lot of favourites. In Austin, I loved playing at the Saxon Pub and El Mercado. Right outside of town, there’s a listening room called The Bugle Boy (La Grange, TX). I love that place. I used to play sometimes at Threadgill’s and Threadgill’s North too but they’ve both closed recently, for good, I think. In Nashville, the Bluebird Cafe and the 5 Spot were my favourites. I also really love playing house concerts. And I miss festivals, particularly Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.
You guys are in the UK, right? I adore the Green Note in Camden. I’m playing there again, virtually, on October 7th! I just played my first few UK shows in March with my friend Rachel Laven, right before Covid hit. Actually, the Green Note was the very last gig I played. Rachel and I played several shows in England, where she was living at the time, and had a total blast. I’ve never been to Scotland, though. Even though I’m mostly Scottish, genetically speaking. I’ve always wanted to play there. My mom lives in Ireland- so y’all are just a bus and a ferry away! I have no excuse for not having made it to Scotland yet. If there are any Scottish venues, festivals, or bands interested in co-billing reading this, hit me up! Let’s make a plan for 2021 or 2022. I’m determined to get there next time.