Don Pedigo - Artist Biography
Don Pedigo is one of Nashville’s finest Singer-Songwriters whose old-soul rock and roll vibe and thoughtful lyricism takes you on an introspective adventure, leaving you not only wanting to know more about his music but also about yourself.
Pedigo describes his songwriting as, "Real life. Everything is directly or indirectly a personal experience. I may embellish it, but everything is connected to me.” Upon listening, your ear may beg you to remember some iconic musicians such as Graham Parsons or Tom Petty, but in Pedigo’s uniquely individual style that can’t be replicated, his songwriting delivers something modern and refreshing to the listener.
Don Pedigo has been cited as being a, “Spirit questing, true Roots-Rock artist.”, and coming after his recent excursions out West to New Mexico, he has found an even deeper meaning pushing him to write songs that will connect with people right where they are. "I want to touch the ground, meet the people, feel the rhythm, and write it down.”, says Pedigo. Because of this mantra he holds, Don resonates with listeners because his experience is first-hand and his lyrics show an authentic understanding of everyman's share of troubles and triumphs.
Don grew up in the Midwest in a rural farmhouse with walls that echoed the sounds of his Mother playing piano and his Father's turntable spinning a vinyl collection of Country and Folk albums which were the building blocks of his deep love for music as a child. By the age of 13 Don was playing bass in a local rock band and soon after, he received his first Peavy electric guitar. Since then, he has never had a guitar beyond arms reach.
After his move to Nashville, Lady-Luck brought Don to Larry Crane, former guitarist for fellow Heartlander, John Mellencamp, and the pair cut a demo together. That demo found its way into the hands of the legendary, Earl Bud Lee (“Friends in Low Places”), and the two began a rich journey with Lee in the role of mentor, publisher and producer. The year 2006 saw the release of his first production record, ‘What Was I Running From’ (featuring Buddy Miller on guitar), and the single, ‘Mama’s Wedding Gown’ (produced by Larry Crane), was released the following year.
As a Finalist in CMT's "Music City Madness Singer/Songwriters Competition" and "Top 20 Video Countdown," as well as landing a deal with Columbia Pictures, a well-received first album, and notable performances with music legends Sammy Kershaw, Earl Bud Lee, Roger Cook and Buddy Miller, Don Pedigo has become a heavy hitter in the Nashville music scene. While appreciative of rubbing elbows with influential people and grateful to play in hallowed music halls, Don continues to work hard and stay focused on his music. He has never wavered from his chosen path as a songwriter and performer and never overlooks an opportunity to do what he loves most.
Pedigo's last album, ‘The Cross Eyed Sessions’, a collection of mastered demos released in 2014, stayed in the Roots Rock Top 40 Charts for over 2 years. With the success of that grassroots campaign and the beginnings of the release of his large catalog, he anxiously awaits the road he was made for.
Most recently, Don has joined forces with Nashville backing band, The Coyotes. This begins a new phase in Pedigo's career as a writer, performer and recording artist. In addition to an unreleased solo record with producer Ray Kennedy, The Coyotes have recently laid tracks for an album and they are currently booking across the country and teaming up with other artists as a supporting act.
In a chance meeting, everything came together quickly for this hot band. "Like always I'm giving it everything I've got," says Pedigo, "but now it feels like there are brothers with me and we are forging ahead famously. I've dreamed my whole life for a band to come that would believe wholeheartedly in what I do, connect all the dots with me. Well, we've found each other and when you hear us you'll know. It's not a hired gun studio band. It's different. It's real. It's in your face and it's everything each of us are and have always been.”
Not only has Don his group with The Coyotes but he's found a light of hope after he and his wife, Kim, lost their son, Christopher, to an overdose back in 2014. "So much happened so fast I think that's how we made it through the first part. It took a few years to come to some healing and part of that is in sharing our story when called upon.”, Pedigo says.
Pedigo works closely with Overdose Lifeline and donates part of his merchandise sales, time, and songs to the cause. In a time when everything could seem divided, Don Pedigo & The Coyotes bring us back together and remind us how rock 'n' roll soothes the our souls and songs last forever.