Keith & Joan Pitzer/String Fever
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Keith & Joan Pitzer/String Fever


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"Songwriting Shines on New Release"

"Gathering Stones is a top-notch CD. The time they put into writing the songs and honing their chops with live performances has paid off. 'GS' is not only a fine body of work (Keith is at the top of his form as a songwriter) but also a fine look back on lives well lived. - Dominion Post


"... a wonderfully relaxed and inviting on-stage presence with marvelous harmonies and exquisite musicianship, and the audience, thoroughly charmed, couldn't seem to get enough of them!" - The Bottom Floor Concert Series


"From the moment they start to sing and the first note rings, the room is filled with good vibes. what a powerful duo!" - River House concerts


"Keith and Joan Pitzer, alone and especially together, are fine singers... great guitar work, solid vocals, wtih fine originals..." - Sing Out!

"Live Performance"

"At the conclusion of their first song (Shady Grove), there was complete silence. What was wrong? The awestruck audience gathered itself, then broke into wild applause...Just when the audience didn't think it could get any better, the Pitzers blew the house away with 'Underneath a Blackened Moon' - a great ballad about... mountaintop removal " - WV Life & Recreation


"Gathering Stones" , 2007
"West Virginia Serenade", 2004
"Long Journey", 1995

Other Appearances:
"Between Two Shores", 2004
"Moving Mountains: Voices of Appalachia", 2004
"Making Music Matter: Celebrating 15 Years", 2006
all on Falling Mountain Music (



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TYPICAL PERFORMANCE VENUES - acoustic music venues including small theaters, listening rooms/coffeehouse concerts, and festivals.

Keith and Joan Pitzer have been performing together for over thirty years. Their union began back in the mid-70’s. While playing in a rock n’ roll band they discovered they each preferred the sound of acoustic music. It was then they decided to break off to perform as a duo the music that would feature the original songs Keith had been writing since high school. Their folk-oriented roots music accentuated with their strong vocal harmonies, Keith’s unique and masterful guitar playing and harmonica and Joan on bass and pennywhistle put one in the mind of some of the great folksingers like Ian and Sylvia Tyson or Gordon Lightfoot.

As their musical relationship began to grow and mature, so did their personal relationship. Raising a family of four sons while working as a farmer and teacher, they continued performing locally and regionally throughout the mid-Ohio valley and tri-state area.

Over the years many hours were spent playing in their living room watching their sons grow and take an interest in music. Though several of them play and pursue their own musical interests, their third son, Jake has followed most closely in their musical footsteps. Growing up he listened and learned to play guitar to many of his father’s songs and began writing some of his own music. Playing briefly in a bluegrass group he picked up and taught himself to play the mandolin. Heavily influenced by the likes of Sam Bush, David Grisman and Darrell Scott Jake now joins Keith and Joan on stage bringing his own tunes and instrumental talents on mandolin, bouzouki and guitar

Together String Fever performs a tasty mix of the old and new bringing roots and tradition to their contemporary songwriting. In concert one will hear the unique blend of family harmonies with the intricate and powerful interplay between guitar and mandolin with a solid bass foundation. Their songs and stories reflect their life experiences as farmers, teachers, environmentalists and lovers of the natural world. Their music ranges from songs about personal challenges in love and life, socio-political concerns and our environment to melodic instrumentals to hot licks and flashy picking.

They have three recordings on the Falling Mountain label which have been aired on folk programming radio throughout the U.S. and parts of Europe.