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Young Pittsburgh-Based Blues-Rock Musician, Pierce Dipner, Releases First Full Length Album

Photo Credit: Karin McIltrot

Goin’ Back is the first full length album from the young blues musician and multi-instrumentalist, Pierce Dipner. The album consists of 7 originals and 3 covers spanning from classic blues to contemporary rock.

Pierce’s delivery of guitar ranges from thoughtful, precise, and clean to dirty, overdriven, and adulterated with tasteful phrasing and stunning solos whether he is playing electric or cigar box guitar. Pierce’s vocal presentation is strong, emotional, and mature beyond his years. The album also features an incredibly talented rhythm section of deep and grooving drums and bass, along with expert piano, and an amazing horn section. Every musician featured on this album is a widely respected session and touring musician with years of performance under their belts which sets up Pierce to deliver his songs to the full extent.

The album was recorded at The Church Recording Studio in Pittsburgh by Dana Cannone, a world renowned industry professional, and mastered at Treelady Studios by the highly experienced and accomplished Garrett Haines. With all of these factors combined, Goin’ Back delivers an enjoyable and entertaining listening experience.

Pierce Dipner is a young Blues Musician and multi-instrumentalist from Pittsburgh, PA. At the young age of 8 he started to play the guitar and sing. By age nine he was also playing bass, drums, and cello. At 11 he discovered the Blues at a Youth Blues jam hosted by the Blues Society of Western PA and he has been hooked ever since. At the age of 13 he was selected by the BSWPA to perform in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee where he got to showcase his talents at Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall on Beale Street. When Pierce returned to Pittsburgh, he began performing around Pittsburgh and surrounding areas and hasn’t stopped. In 2019 he returned to Memphis to once again represent the BSWPA at the International Blues Challenge. While there he had the opportunity to perform with numerous Grammy nominated Blues artists during the Annual Generation Blues Fundraiser held at the Memphis Hard Rock Café.​

Pierce has shared the stage with many of the premier Blues and Rock musicians in Pittsburgh playing at local venues, charity events and music festivals such as the Heritage Music Bluesfest, WYEP Summer Music Festival, Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival, Tall City Blues Fest in Midland Texas and TD Kitchener Blues Festival in Canada. Pierce has been featured on Pittsburgh Today Live, WDVE Radio, Saturday Light Brigade, WYEP’s Rollin and Tumblin, Good Day PA!, PA Live, and on Vinny Marini’s “Music On The Couch”. WYEP, a local radio station, had selected Pierce as one of their young musicians to participate in the 2018-2019 Reimagination Recording Project, which gave him his first taste of recording. Case in point: Pierce's debut EP, "Get Out Of Your Life" comprises 4 tracks featuring 3 originals and a classic cover. The EP is gaining international airplay, receiving great reviews, and is featured on many Blues charts.

In the summer of 2018, Pierce formed his first band, Pierce Dipner and the Shades Of Blue. The band offers an eclectic and personalized mix of originals and covers of Blues, Rock, and Soul favorites. Pierce as a solo artist has opened for Nick Moss and for Toronzo Cannon. Likewise, Pierce and his band have opened for Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer and Albert Cummings.

Recently, Pierce has placed in the top 10 of the Samantha Fish International Cigar Box Video Playoffs, has won the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania Jim Weber Guitarist Award, has had his band named as one of the top 10 Blues bands by the Pittsburgh City Paper, and also with his band, finished first in the best band category in the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania Blues Challenge to represent them in the 2022 International Blues Challenge.


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