Fronted by pianist and songwriter Charlie Pierce, whose deep riveting voice and dark narrative songs have drawn comparisons to Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits and a piano pedigree that includes study with internationally renowned Chicago legends Chris Foreman of the Deep Blue Organ Trio (a protégée of Jimmy Smith) and Erwin Helfer (who played with Muddy Waters and performed regularly at Preservation Hall), Choctaw Wildfire represents the culmination of a lifetime of Charlie’s dedication to his musical craft.
Manning the drums for Choctaw Wildfire is Lee Potter, a 20 year veteran of the Austin music scene and longtime spark plug for acts like Jeff Hughes, Cornell Hurd, and Bracken Hale. He has toured with Rosie Flores and Dale Watson, appeared on Austin City Limits (with Watson), and can be found on recordings by the Derailers, Chaparral, Charlie Burton, and the LaSalles among others.
Jeffrey came from a family of musical farmers in northwest Ohio. He had learned the piano, clarinet, harmonica, guitar, flute, and saxophone by his late teens. He studied Music Theory and Composition at UT Austin, but was almost seduced away by the Anthropology department. Jeffery played with Jimmy Vaughn and the Storm, Marcia Ball, The Cobras, and many others while in Austin (1972 - 1983.) After that he satisfied his ethnomusicological bent by playing world music with Brave Combo for 31 years, during which time he won two Grammies and was (briefly) animated on "The Simpsons."
"Don’t expect Charlie Pierce to extinguish the flames, buddy. It’s all about the intensity, every step of the way. The front man and pianist for local band Choctaw Wildfire wields the power of a mighty honky-tonk boogie that will rattle the floor boards of any juke joint on earth."
Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Music Minute
"Nowhere is a step up in their songwriting and their instrumental performance in every way. The bluesy swagger they play with is something akin to Leonard Choen's "Dance Me to the End of Love" or Tom Waits' Heart of Saturday Night, with a little of that old-time Texas flare that makes our Americana scene great."
Corey Deiterman, The Houston Press
"Choctaw Wildfire's second album Nowhere isn't a podium-pounding political affair, but rather an emotive introspection on death, isolation, and freedom."
Kevin Curtin, The Chronicle
"Though these folks are from Austin, they bring a New Orleans twist into their performances. Playing anything from heart-wrenching ballads to full-blown boogies, Choctaw Wildfire keeps the crowd on their toes and wanting more."
Frenchman Street Live
piano, vocals, songwriter