Josh T Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen
Lift to Experience frontman's sparse, pared-down solo effort
Aside from a handful of low-key, off-the-map gigs, this Texas troubadour hasn’t been heard since releasing his one and only album as frontman to Lift to Experience ten years ago. The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads has since been elevated to cult status, and the band remains a Peel Sessions favourite. Pearson’s long-time-coming follow-up is, in contrast to the musical grandeur of its antecedent, a sparse, pared-down solo effort in which painful personal issues are worked through in seven seriously sad songs. With four tracks running to ten minutes and more, and Pearson’s lonely vocals and guitar joined only by mournful violin, it’s a difficult listen. Self-indulgent, yes; but affecting with it.
Josh T Pearson plays Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 25 Mar.