Billy Pettinger and Chris Barnes

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Billy Pettinger and Chris Barnes, live at The Dakota Tavern

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On her remarkable new record, Look At Me, I’m Fine (Lost Records), singer/songwriter/producer Billy Pettinger opens her heart and lets you in across 10 tracks of reflection and hope.

Beautiful in their fragility, the poignant pen letters see Billy articulate her anger and address her anxieties, emerging on the other side with some sense of peace.

“Every time I looked at the news, it was just story after story of all the terrible things that human beings do to each other,” reflects Billy. “I know it’s easier to just not care, it’s hard work to care, now more than ever… Racism and sexism still exists like I’d never thought possible in this day and age and I started thinking about how exhausting it is to just keep up with all the terrible things out there.

“But, I do care… Too much, perhaps. I’ve vowed to hold onto this at times damaging belief that I must continue to fight against the darkness, because if not me, then who?”

Look At Me, I’m Fine is the result of five years hard work that has seen the Vancouver-born artist relocate to the creative quiet of Alabama. Back in 2014, after a stream of independent releases, namely The Lost Cause (2008), Ours (2010) and Stars, Exploding (2012), Billy signed to Xtra Mile after a chance encounter with English troubadour Frank Turner. The result was the compelling Horseshoes & Hand Grenades album and subsequent live shows saw Billy tour with the likes of Chuck Ragan, Billy Bragg and Against Me!

After moving to the US in 2016, Billy made the decision to return to her DIY roots, independently recording and releasing 40 songs across three titles: I Have To Do This, You Can Have It All, and Pick Up Your Tiny Burden.

Whilst building a career teaching music to the next generation of singer-songwriters, Billy was inspired to record Look At Me, I’m Fine. Billy said: “In the past year I kept coming across album titles from friends and strangers alike that kept making me kind of shake my head. They would come with a story, usually about going through some kind of a trauma, a struggle, a transition, a realization that they were flawed and had to make some kind of change.

“For some it was the realization that they had to address their depression or anxiety. For some it was releasing themselves from a damaging relationship or work environment. Some of them straight out admitted that they maybe had not been great people in the past, but they were all better now.

“But, you don’t get to the other side of depression. You don’t get to the other side of a damaging relationship and just totally recover like it never happened. You don’t get to wake up one day and shout: ‘OK I see now that I was a terrible, terrible person… But I’m better now!’ All that stuff sticks with you.

“It’s important to understand when you have a medical diagnosis of something as debilitating as depression, you don’t just ‘get better’. You just learn how to live with it better, and some days it feels like it’s never going to end.

“I admire the admitting part, but I see the rippling damage in the ‘I got help and now I’m all better’ PR campaign. I respect getting away from a toxic person or environment, but it doesn’t absolve the guilty party, nor does it erase the trauma caused. You might make a public statement that you’re on a mission to be a better person, but that doesn’t take back all the hurt you caused.

“So this idea of ‘Look At Me, I’m Fine!’ kept coming back to me. You’re not fine… And neither am I. And that’s ok.”

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