WRITING for the birds?

2014 August 26

comes together

Our new folk-inspired CD, Creekwood Crow, ended up being bird themed–accidentally.  Now, I am finding endless inspiration from the symbolism of birds.  Thanks to rubberstamps.net! for how great the short run of CD cases look!

The name of the CD is derived from a little creek-side cabin in Townsend, named Creekwood, where we wrote all of the bird-themed songs on the CD. 

 (continues below)Creekwood Crow CD from the Pea Pickin' Hearts!


The 5 days spent at Creekwood resulted in the all the stories:

  • The sparkling dreams of Magpie Mary
  • The song of the TN Mockingbird
  • The passion of the Grouse & Grackle
  • The guardianship of the Ruby cardinal
  • The wisdom of the Crow
  • The safety of the Swallow‘s wings; AND
  • Dark musing with Three Ravens (traditional)


Creekwood Crow Digital Download from the Pea Pickin' Hearts!The other two songs are sort of orphans of another album–started, but too long delayed.

  • Round & Round is an ode to one of our favorite TN/VA haunts– the Bristol Motor Speedway; and
  • Crickets is an ode to musicians everywhere that just keep playing all the while being ignored in sports bars across the world.

Then there’s the bonus track.  We will occasionally change on the bonus track on physical CD, but that the bonus track will change often on the digital download card. 

The CD is $15 at live shows while the digital download card is only $10.  The code on the back will allow you to download everything available on three separate occasions.  So, you can download the CD contents with its current bonus track to your mobile device, home computer, laptop or tablet.  Then wait a few weeks and use your code again to find a new surprise song or maybe even video, photos and more.

Enjoy our newest release Creekwood Crow! 


You can buy the singles or listen free online at ReverbNation.com/peapickinhearts.  Or use the PayPal button below & we will ship either the an autographed Creekwood Crow CD or an autographed Creekwood Crow Download Card to you from Gatlinburg, TN!  All items are shipped within 5 business days (sooner if we aren’t touring) & prices INCLUDE shipping inside the continental US included.

Creekwood Crow CD or Download Card


2014 August 14

by the light of the moonshine

We want to give a huge shout out to Sugarlands Distilling Company.  We had such a great time as a part of the Back Porch Concert Series on Wednesday, August 13th.  Thank you for helping us usher in our new CD, Creekwood Crow. (continues below)

Pea Pickin Hearts at Sugarlands Distilling Company!

In addition to loving our performance time at Sugarlands, we also have a newly found soft spot for the #butterscotch #moonshine.  We’ll see you again soon. #sipsup

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On the Blue Plate Special.

2014 August 14


We always have a great time at the WDVX Blue Plate Special, and our performance on Wednesday, August 13th was no exception.  We look forward to our next appearance! (continues below)

The Pea Pickin hearts on WDVX Blue Plate Special!

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PEACOCK proud…

2014 August 13

Creekwood Crow CD  by the Pea Pickin' Hearts!CREEKWOOD CROW
is available!

And we’re as proud as peacocks, really!  We’re in love with all the songs on our new CD, but the odd ducks like “Grouse & Grackle” and the traditional “Three Ravens” make us smile.

Join us today, Wednesday, August 13 at the live broadcast of WDVX Blue Plate Special (starts at noon EST) or listen live online!


Pick up a digital download card for only $10 at the Blue Plate or later this afternoon at Sugarlands Distillery.  Or, if you just can’t wait, download the album or just your favorite single from our ReverbNation store!

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LOCAL radio…

2014 August 8

The Pea Pickin hearts on WDVX Blue Plate Special!ON
the local

We our local radio stations WDVX & WFIV.  They support local musicians via stellar programming & personal connection.

WDVX offers the Blue Plate Special (previous guest appearance pictured left), recorded live 6 days a week, on which the Pea Pickin’ Hearts will be guests on Wednesday, August 13th, in addition to their Tennessee Shines, Americana Mix and so many others.

Pea Pickin' Hearts on WFIV's Homegrown!WFIV hosts Homegrown (previous guest appearance pictured right below), on which we’ve had the privilege to guest, and Behind the Barn broadcast live from Barley’s in Maryville in addition to great programming like Music City Roots.

We just want to say a special THANK YOU for their support over the years.

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radio station you love? 


Be sure to let us know so that we can reach out to them when we’re going to be in YOUR neighborhood!

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TEMPER, temper

2014 August 6


Jon & I are rarely apart–only about 8 to 10 hours a week.  Luckily, we’re best friends & rarely even argue.  But every couple I know has THAT set of friends.  You know them–the couple that fights constantly.  I’m talking about the ones that burn hot even in the easiest of situations.  They seem to thrive on it.  Our new song “Grouse & Grackle” is for them–inspired by the great-tailed grackle, often dubbed the “devil bird”. Here are the lyrics for G&G– found on our “Creekwood Crow” CD being released August 13th.

Grouse & Grackle by the Pea Pickin' HeartsGROUSE & GRACKLE

Temper like torch flame/Fanning the blaze
Nothing remains /But fire in the veins
Lush life in chains/Calling your name
Revel and remain /For momentary gain

(Chorus) Grouse like a grackle
Corn and cackle
Grappling with dawn
Tongues wag all along (repeat)

Fires ignite /At home tonight
An angry disguise / In a loving light
Advice divided / Feeling alive
Sense in the riot / Where love resides


Feeding the flame / Lovers lay claim
Famous for drama / Name of the game
No burr in saddle / Bridle your tongue
Tongues will waggle / Passions undone


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2014 August 5

The BLUE RIDGE Mountains

Creekwood Crow will be released August 13th, but in the meantime, we’re taking a little quiet time to write & play on the North Carolina side of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  (continued below)

The Pea Pickin' Hearts are in the Blue Ridge Mounatins!

As a bonus, we have a show at a beautiful new place, Eagles Nest, in Banner Elk, NC as well.

See you soon!


2014 July 26

WE’VE GOT your backside

Well, sort of.  Our new Pea Pickin’ Hearts Creekwood Crow stickers arrived while we were out of town.  Don’t they look fantastic?  We meant for you to put them on your car as a bumper sticker, but we’ll leave that decision to you. (continues below picture)

Pea Pickin' Hearts Creekwood Crow stickers

Get your Creekwood Crow bumper sticker at Pea Pickin’ Hearts’ shows starting August 13th!

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2014 July 25

New merchandise cases for the Pea Pickin' Hearts!ROAD CASES
of a sort


Our new/old merchandise cases arrived. 

We can’t wait to transform these accordion cases into the traveling home for our merchandise.

They need a lot of work, but we’re excited about the possibilities.  With a little division, some repair and maybe even a little lighting

Stay tuned to see the after pictures sometime in the next few weeks!

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Another PIECE…

2014 July 24


As the release date for our Creekwood Crow CD approaches (August 13th), everyday brings a package to our doorstep.  We’re loving this HUGE 5″ square wood-mounted stamp that arrived today from rubberstamps.net.  We have been using this Iowa-based company for years, and each time a new stamp arrives, we remember why.

Creekwood Crow CD from the Pea Pickin' Hearts!

Can’t wait to put this to good use.  I suspect those of you that know us can figure out how…

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