Josh T. Pearson
Available languages: EnglishTexas singer and songwriter Josh T. Pearson is best known as the frontman for the short-lived cult indie roots band Lift to Experience, who issued a self-titled EP in 1997, a single, and a sole double album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (which is the stuff of underground legend), in 2001 before splitting. Pearson spent the next decade touring in the U.S. and abroad, including appearing as an invited guest at several All Tomorrow's Parties festivals. Recordings under his own name include an official live bootleg entitled To Hull and Back recorded in the U.K., a live DVD single, and one side of a single he split with Australia's Dirty Three; his half is a stellar version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." Pearson has done some sideman work, most notably as a guest vocalist on two tracks on the Bat for Lashes full-length Fur and Gold. He reunited with former Lift to Experience drummer Andy Young, with Robert B. Weaver III of the Paper Chase on bass, to support My Bloody Valentine in Austin, Texas in April of 2009 during their re-formation tour. He moved to Paris later that year and joined a nightclub band with Bosque Brown and H-Burns. He left Paris in early 2010 for Berlin. Pearson signed to Mute Records in 2010 and recorded his debut for the label, Last of the Country Gentlemen. The album's first single, a kind of minimalist epic pop number entitled "Country Dumb," was released in early March of 2011. The album followed a few weeks later. Pearson returned in 2018 with his sophomore solo album, The Straight Hits!, a set of ten tracks, each of which featured the word "Straight" (or "Straits") in its title. Released via Mute once again, the record was a departure from the sound of its predecessor and focused on more straightforward song structures, replacing stripped-back acoustics with a more equipped "band feel."
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Josh T. Pearson picked up pared-down rock’n’roll just where it had been left by Jeffrey Lee Pierce of the Gun Club and the Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds. Up until now, Pearson has been defined for many by his masterpiece, the double-barrelled, messianic work, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads that he brought out in 2001 with his trio Lift To Experience. He brought out other pieces as part of the same outfit, and also some solo works (Last Of The Country Gentlemen en 2011), but that was really his moment of glory. With The Straight Hits! (every track has the word "straight" in it), which he says he recorded in just a few days, Josh T. Pearson is returning to rock'n'roll with a Bible in his left hand and a guitar in his right. Like a man possessed, the Texan vomits out blues, rockabilly, psychedelia, country and plenty of other gobbets of whatever he has been digesting. What's more, he loves to quote scripture (surely quite without realising...), like on Give It To Me Straight where he apes the Jagger of Rocks Off or on Straight At Me where he takes off 96 Tears by ? And The Mysterians. But it's not all sound and fury, and Pearson throws in a good brace of depressive, beautiful ballads (Straight Down Again, Whiskey Straight Love and A Love Song (Set Me Straight)) which lend even more credibility to this finely-played and written rock'n'roll project without sugaring the pill or rounding off the hard edges. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz