Don Pedigo’s latest album CROSS EYED is a musical composition reflective of the life experiences endured of peaks in heartfelt love and valleys in endured hardships of the everyday working man. A presentation crafted in a devotion to the art of creating a style unique, the collection of songs reveals one of the Americana movement’s most honest and compelling talents.
Born in Freetown, IN, Pedigo’s mid-western charm is matched by his ability to capture a listening audience with handcrafted lyrics, expressive vocals and Chet-like pickin’. With the will and work ethic of a Heartlander, Pedigo’s passion led him to the heart of Music City where life as a recording artist, songwriter, musician, husband, father and friend produced a sonic chapter of Pedigo’s life called CROSS EYED.
“I believe human experience and individual perception is what life is about. Each one of us is an artist; I choose music and lyrics as my medium. My desires lead me to travel and perform. I write about the things I see and people I meet.”
Arriving in Nashville, he caught the ear of legendary songwriter Earl Bud Lee (“Friends In Low Places”/Garth Brooks, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”/Blake Shelton) who nurtured Pedigo’s inherent song-crafting ability. In 2006, Pedigo recorded his first full-production record WHAT I WAS RUNNING FROM (featuring Buddy Miller on guitar) and released the single “Mama’s Wedding Gown” (produced by Larry Crane) the following year. The complementary music video qualified the tune as a finalist on the CMT Music City Madness Singer/Songwriter’s Competition Top 20 Video Countdown dubbing Pedigo as “the hard-rocking heartthrob from the heartland.”
Encompassing the influences of pure country, rock n’ roll and the storytelling songwriting community, traces of John Mellencamp, Rodney Crowell and contemporaries such as Pete Yorn are detected in the roots of Pedigo’s most recent offerings. Mastered by five-time Grammy award-winning producer Ray Kennedy, the album's standout moments include the vulnerability of "Merciful Thing," the Cash-like reveal of "County Hotel" and the blissful "You've Got Everything" and "Cheap Unleaded." Standing the test of time, fan-favorite"Indiana" appears as deluxe to round out the project.
“I’m in a zone right now where the songs are just clicking and everything sounds meant to be. I’ve made other records but to me, CROSS EYED is my first. I am proud of this body of work and feel like I can hang my hat on it if I were to be remembered by these songs.”
Pedigo is currently touring the country in support of the anticipated CROSS EYED album [including dates in Austin, TX (SXSW) and New Mexico, Panama City and Chicago (with Tawnya Reynolds)]. For more information, visit: donpedigo.com