There’s so much hyperbole surrounding this guy that it’s tough to describe the impact of his music in an original way. ‘Haunting’, ‘spellbinding’ and ‘masterpiece’ all seem apt descriptions after delving into his new cannon of solo acoustic numbers numbers such as Country Dumb, and Sweetheart I ain’t your Christ. I’d also add painful, in parts, to this already highly-revered album. Last of the Country Gentleman, is the type of music that makes you close your eyes and see dreams, and it instantly makes you want to hear his vocals live. So, it’s good news for us that he’s coming Manchester in November, the 21st to be exact.
Ambience in abundance and enough room for that giant beard (the one that’s replicated round every corner of the Northern Quarter…yep that one), Josh T Pearson will be taking to the stage at the Royal Northern College of Music, a fittingly atmospheric setting for his melancholic odes to a heartbreaking ex-lover. It’s one of life’s twisted ironies that music made with a broken heart sounds all the sweeter, and Josh T says he struggled to listen to his own laments a great deal. Songs like Honeymoon’s great! Wish you were her hints at the author’s ‘rough year’, and reaches the sympathetic listener through its cinematic pauses and empty spaces as much as it’s telling lyrics (I wish you were her/I wish i was her). But now, playing live is helping him and he wants it to ‘do some good’. This album of beautiful music can only do good in my eyes, and promises to be even more electrifying live.
Tickets for Pearson’s Manchester gig are available via. Alt tickets
And his tour continues around the country throughout November:
Tues 22 Nov Glasgow Oran Moor www.pclpresents.com
Wed 23 Nov Leicester The Musician www.wegottickets.com
Thurs 24 Nov Cardiff The Globe www.seetickets.com
Fri 25 Nov Exeter Phoenix www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Sat 26 Nov London Barbican ‘An Evening with Josh T. Pearson and Guests’ http://www.barbican.org.uk/music