Josh T. Pearson

Live upstairs at The Bodega • 18+ event

  • Wednesday 30th March 2011
  • Supported by: we Three At The Death Rattle + Richard Warren
  • Doors open: at 7:00pm


Josh T. Pearson is a musician from Texas. In 1996, he formed the short-lived but now critically acclaimed band Lift to Experience, who released one double album, 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, before splitting up soon after. Lift To Experience played live shows and became a favorite of the Denton, TX music scene. They also were played many times on the radio show The Adventure Club with Josh in Dallas on KDGE The Edge. Bella Union saw the band at South By Southwest and they were signed shortly after.

Pearson is currently pursuing a solo career, which so far has consisted of a number of tours, both headlining and supporting. Pearson no longer plays any Lift to Experience songs live.

Pearson has sold a variety of self-produced live recordings at recent gigs, including a bootleg album To Hull And Back and a DVD single Live In Paris. He featured on a guitar and backing vocals on two songs, "Seal Jubilee" and "Trophy" on the Bat for Lashes album Fur and Gold.

The only solo studio-recorded song to be released for almost ten years was a cover of Hank Williams' song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", which was released as one half of a split 7" single also featuring Dirty Three. Pearson has notably performed at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival several times over the last few years.

Pearson's current solo output falls into two categories - rock songs performed on electric guitar, more reminiscent of his output with Lift to Experience and quiet, acoustic country songs. He has performed the former material live with Robert B. Weaver III of The Paper Chase on bass, and former Lift To Experience drummer Andy Young on drums, most notably when supporting the reformed My Bloody Valentine in Austin and Dallas, Texas in April 2009. In June 2009, Pearson moved to Paris where he joined a group of musicians, including Bosque Brown and H-Burns, in playing regular gigs at Paris crêperie West Country Girl with his final appearance in June 2010. An album of sessions performed there will be released in 2011.

In January 2010, Pearson recorded an album of epic acoustic ballads in Berlin. He has also recorded two songs with pianist Dustin O'Halloran while in Berlin, "Sweetheart I Ain't Your Christ" and "Country Dumb". "Sweetheart I Ain't Your Christ" can currently be exclusively heard on his SoundCloud page. In August 2010, Pearson signed a worldwide record deal with Mute Records. In November 2010, Mute announced the signing of Josh T. Pearson and his debut solo album release. Last Of The Country Gentlemen was released in the spring of 2011. In September 2011 a limited (1,000 copies) "unofficial Bootleg" of Josh T. Pearson recorded live at London's Union Chapel entitled "The King Is Dead" was released to coincide with Pearson's UK summer festival appearances.

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Richard Warren - photo and NME review

"Like a weirded out Johnny Cash." • Lauren Laverne

"He's like Richard Hawley's accursed brother." • The Independent

"Twangling like Roy Orbison and kicking up dust Gun Club style." • Uncut

"One of my fave albums that came out last year." • Jarvis Cocker

Driving folk-punk, stripped to a brutally sparse frame and conjuring up spirits of the death-balladeers of the Fifties.

His musical career began in the mid 90s and has encompassed everything from the dynamic power-pop of 'The Hybirds', to an ephemeral burst of cult success as sonic explorer 'Echoboy', not to mention a few revolutions of the planet as guitar-man for hire with Spiritualized and Soulsavers (featuring the legendary Mark Lanegan).

Warren's shows have been described as "Lynchian".

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