- Who is Cary Pierce?
- How many albums has Cary Pierce released and what are they?
- What is his first song that Cary Pierce wrote?
- What did Cary Pierce do after JACKOPIERCE?
- What was Cary's first single as a solo artist?
- What bands have influenced Cary over the years?
- What are some of the meanings & explantions behind Cary's songs?
- Where is Cary Pierce currently touring?
- What musical artists has Cary colalborated with or produced?
- Are there any email discussion lists for Cary Pierce fans?
- Who is Jack O'Neill?
- Who is JACKOPIERCE?
- What about their early beginnings as a band?
- What's the story with JACKOPIERCE breaking up, and what is their legacy that they left behind?
- Is it true that JACKOPIERCE got back together again?
- What are all the JACKOPIERCE members up to now?
- How many albums did JACKOPIERCE release and what are they?
- What is the deal with Vertical Horizon & JACKOPIERCE?
- What are some of the meanings & explantions behind JACKOPIERCE's songs?
- Where is JACKOPIERCE currently touring?
- Are there any email discussion lists for JACKOPIERCE fans?
- Who is American Horse?
- How many albums did American Horse release and what are they?
- How many albums has Jack O'Neill released and what are they?
- Is Jack O'Neill currently performing in a Broadway play?
- What's the name of JACKOPIERCE's infamous vans?
- I've seen some live bootlegs of Cary Pierce/JACKOPIERCE, isn't that illegal?
- Who is the (artist) manager for Cary Pierce and JACKOPIERCE?
- Ever thought about going to the Vineyard?
- How can I contact Jack O'Neill and/or Cary Pierce?
- Who maintains this *Pierce F.A.Q. page?
"After JACKOPIERCE's breakup, I was completely burnt-out on playing and touring. For 3 months straight I avoided rock music. I didn't go to the clubs or listen to rock radio. Instead, I immersed myself in my Mozart collection and found great jazz and blues on the radio. I wasn't even sure I wanted to play music anymore. During our "Farewell Tour", I lost 20 pounds, stopped drinking, and buried myself in motivational, educational, and spiritual books and tapes. I also got into the best shape I've ever been in my life.
"While contemplating my future in the music scene, I did get to live out another lifelong dream. Since I was a kid, I've always wanted to renovate homes. Needless to say, the first thing that my wife and I did was to buy houses and fix them up! We had no idea of what we were getting into, all we knew was that we loved it. After playing live for so long, I was tired and needed a break. I didn't want to play guitar for a living, and it felt like a chore. I needed to put the guitar down for awhile and simply wait for it to be fun again. Now, after a good rest, I'm back!
"It's these abrupt changes--like the breakup of a 10 year career--in our lives that cause us to evaluate what is most important. These changes turn "shoulds" into "musts". I now welcome and embrace change - for as we all know - it's the only thing that ever stays the same.
"Working with Justin was just what I needed to get back into the swing of things. His home studio is inside a barn that sits on 200 acres of rolling hills outside Nashville. All of the sudden, music was fun again!"
" . . . the song basically recaps the thoughts I had after a wild, three and a half-year ride of being single on the road. While spending a week in New York City, I hit rock bottom. I realized that a radical change was the only cure. The song was recorded in two days in Nashville with Justin Neibank (Eric Clapton, Blues Traveler, Mavericks, Stir). Mark Knopfler's Drummer, Chad Cromwell, was also kind enough to play on the track."
"When people ask me what my music is like I usually just let them know the bands that I've played with (listed above), I also name the bands that most influence me. My mom introduced me to the Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, John Denver, Paul McCartney, and the Beatles. Growing up in the mid 80's really influenced my music. The Smiths, Roxy Music, Smithereens, English Beat, New Order, Tears for Fears, U2, Nik Kershaw, Duran Duran, The Cure, Depeche Mode, and many other "new wave" bands were a big part of my high school years. Some of today's brilliant new music from artists like Matthew Sweet ("Girlfriend" is one of the best albums of all time!), PM Dawn, Sara McLachlan, Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, David Garza, John Gorka, October Project, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Tonic, and Third Eye Blind have all had profound effects on me in different stages of my life and writing career."
"Our manager, Brady Wood, and I were roommates for years and Jack roomed with Brady’s brother, Brandt. Brady and Brandt would get together and they would reminisce about the good old days. The idea of us getting back together seemed out of the realm of possibility a couple of years after the break-up, but four-plus years into it Brady said it was time and I agreed. We’ve been blessed with a much more mature relationship as we’ve gone forward." 
"Many of y'all don't know how far back the JP/VH bond goes. We met in the early 90¹s at the home/studio of Doug Derryberry and John Alagia. Matt and Keith Kane came over to the house to meet us and hang out. They brought with them a copy of their yet-unreleased debut, There and Back Again. It never left the cassette deck for two weeks straight while we were on tour. We asked them to start doing some shows with us. We ended up taking them everywhere with us as an opener. They would always join us on stage for songs. One of us would announce them and vice versa (JACKOPIERCE, "Live from the Americas" begins with Keith bringing us out on stage). The bond between the two bands grew over time - eventually leading to the duo signing on with our management company, RobinsonWood. It was then that RCA began taking a look at signing the band. Right around that time, JACKOPIERCE was disbanding, the management company was dissolving and they decided to sign with a much bigger firm in New York."
Here are a couple of Pictures of JACKOPIERCE and Vertical Horizon together from circa 1994 ..."There are many arguments for the case that we wouldn’t be here today without the opportunity that JP gave us. They helped in teaching us how to run a touring business, as well as introducing us to many fans and clubs across the country. Even though we kicked their asses in whiffle ball, we have remained great friends. I wouldn’t be surprised if we did more shows together in the future."
|1 - The first picture ... is Jack on stage with Matt Scannell playing the guitar while Keith Kane (right) looks on.|
2 - The second picture ... is of Cary in the blue N.C. shirt while both Matt Scannell & a bearded Keith Kane play.
1 - "American Horse EP" - 1999
After the breakup of JACKOPIERCE, Jack went on to form American Horse with JP members Clay Pendergrass and Earl Darling, and adding Chris Claridy on guitar. The band released an EP and subsequently toured the country. Recorded at Last Beat Studios, Dallas, Texas. The Tracklist:
- Steering Wheel
- Lover's Boxing
- Believe Me
- Blubuick (Acoustic Demo)
- Moment Betrayed
1 - "Halfway Round The World" - 2002
- Steering Wheel
- The Comeback Kid
- Independence Day
- Halfway Round The World
- Stillhouse Hollow
- Ain't That The Way
- Once In Your Life
- Blu Buick
TITLE: LIKE I SAY
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Len Jenkin
PLOT SUMMARY: Seven people, all with their own very different agendas, are marooned together in a decaying hotel on the psychic edge of our world. They include a writer, his nurse, an aging artist, and two dangerous puppeteers. A second storyline involves Coconut Joe, an upstanding American salesman--brave, clean, and reverent, who ventures far off-course into a dark and devious universe.
DATES: October 23 - November 22, 2003; Wednesday through Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 3pm & 7pm
IMAGE: Carolinne Messihi & Jack O'Neill in Like I Say (Photo © Terry Gruber)
Edgartown is the QUINTESSENTIAL New England Town. White picket fences, etc. Oak Bluffs has a really cool area with tons of multi-colored Victorian houses. Nothing going on in Vineyard Haven. I would highly recommend getting a bike and cruising through all of the bike paths. They meander through the woods and are BEAUTIFUL. Oak Bluffs is really just one strip of bars and restaurants. Also go to Chappaquidick (sp?) -it't where they filmed Jaws. Gay head also...Make sure you take a trip to Nantucket. Rent a car or have a cab take you all over the island. Go to Sconset, Downtown, all the beaches are gorgeous. Nantucket is even MORE New England if you can believe it. It's more isolated and harder to get to so it's more exclusive and pristine.
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