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Josh T. Pearson

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Josh T Pearson is an American musician from Texas, United States He is known for his work with the band Lift to Experience and his subsequent solo career


  • 1 Lift to Experience
  • 2 Wilderness years
  • 3 Solo career
  • 4 Discography
    • 41 Albums
    • 42 Singles/ EPs
    • 43 Live bootlegs
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links
  • 7 Further reading

Lift to Experience

In 1996, Pearson formed the short-lived, but critically acclaimed band Lift to Experience, who released one double album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads on Bella Union in 2001, before splitting up soon after

Lift to Experience reformed in 2016 to perform a one-off show at London's Royal Festival Hall The band subsequently remixed The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads album and a further live show is scheduled for the Green Man Festival, Wales, in August 2017

Wilderness years

After Lift to Experience disbanded, Pearson retreated to Limestone County, Texas, doing odd jobs to get by while he continued playing and writing music Eventually, he left Texas for Europe, where he lived in Berlin and Paris while playing live to support himself He also toured with Dirty Three, Archie Bronson Outfit, 65daysofstatic and notably performed at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival several times including those curated by Dirty Three 2007 and My Bloody Valentine 2009

His only studio recording during this time is a cover of Hank Williams' song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", which was released on 7" split single also featuring Dirty Three, and appearance on West Country Night - Session One compilation album He also provided guitar and backing vocals on two songs, "Seal Jubilee" and "Trophy", on Bat for Lashes' 2006 Mercury Music Prize-nominated album Fur and Gold

Solo career

In January 2010, Pearson recorded an album of acoustic ballads at Klangbild Studios in Berlin During album recording sessions, he also did a session with Berlin-based pianist and composer Dustin O'Halloran two songs from this session were later released in support of Record Store Day 2011 and later that year took part in Yann Tiersen's project Dust Lane Inc

In November 2010, Mute Records announced the signing of Josh T Pearson and release of his debut solo album Last of the Country Gentlemen in March 2011

Pearson spent most of 2011–12 promoting the album and touring extensively in its support, playing many solo shows including South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin and sold-out nights at Union Chapel, Islington and Barbican Centre in London, festivals including Primavera Sound Festival, Latitude Festival, Green Man Festival and End of the Road Festival, while also sharing stage with likes of Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom He made his TV debut on the BBC Two show, Later with Jools Holland, in April 2011

Last of the Country Gentlemen was named Rough Trade's "Album of the Year 2011" and nominated in two categories, Best Album and "Breakthrough Act, at the 2011 Mojo Awards and shortlisted for the 2011 Uncut Music Award Uncut placed the album at number 5, while Mojo ranked it number 7, Rolling Stone number 33 and Q number 42 in their "Top 50 Albums of 2011" In December 2013 Uncut included Last of the Country Gentlemen in their pick of the top 50 Greatest Singer/Songwriter Albums of All Time list

In October 2011, Pearson took part in "A Room for London – Sounds from a Room" art project, in which leading artists of all disciplines used a one-bedroom Joseph Conrad's book Heart of Darkness influenced architectural installation, in the form of a riverboat perched on a rooftop of Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre in London as a workspace During his two-day residency, Pearson recorded 10 gospel songs followed by a live webcast

Pearson played and appeared in the 2002 French experimental film by Philippe Grandrieux entitled, La Vie nouvelle Pearson's song "Country Dumb" appears in the 2012 Martin McDonagh-directed motion picture Seven Psychopaths and "Woman, When I've Raised Hell" in the 2013 Ridley Scott thriller film written by Cormac McCarthy, The Counselor

Mark Lanegan called Pearson "a one of a kind artist", while Guy Garvey of Elbow called him "the greatest male vocalist of our time"



  • Last of the Country Gentlemen Mute, 2011
  • The Straight Hits! Mute, 2018

Singles/ EPs

  • "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Bella Union, 2006 – split 7" single w/ Dirty Three
  • "Country Dumb" Mute, 2011 – single
  • "Sweetheart I Ain't Your Christ / Country Dumb" Mute, 2011 – 12" Record Store Day release limited edition of 250
  • "Woman, When I've Raised Hell" Mute, 2011 – single
  • Sorry with a Song Mute, 2011 – single
  • Rough Trade Christmas Bonus Mute, 2011 – limited edition EP for Rough Trade Shops

Live bootlegs

  • To Hull and Back self-released, 2005 – CD-R album, Recorded live at The New Adelphi Club in Hull, England
  • The King Is Dead Mute Czechoslovakia, 2011 – 12" album limited edition of 1000 Recorded live at Union Chapel in London, England


  1. ^ "Last of The Country Gentlemen: a Josh T Pearson interview By Ian Johnston" Louder Than War 2011-02-21 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  2. ^ "ATP Weekend One: The Dirty Three: the DiS diary / In Depth // Drowned In Sound" Drownedinsoundcom 2007-05-04 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  3. ^ "NME Reviews - Live review: ATP Nightmare Before Christmas Curated By My Bloody Valentine" Nmecom 2009-12-16 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  4. ^ a b "Dirty Three / Josh Pearson - Doris / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Vinyl" Discogscom 2014-10-12 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  5. ^ "Josh T Pearson, H-Burns, Thousand, Tom Cooney, Bosque Brown - West Country Night - Session One Vinyl" Discogscom Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  6. ^ "Bat For Lashes - Fur And Gold CD, Album" Discogscom 2006-09-11 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  7. ^ "Josh T Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen CD, Album" Discogscom 2011-02-07 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  8. ^ "Josh T Pearson - Country Dumb" YouTube 2011-01-18 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  9. ^ a b "Josh T Pearson - Sweetheart I Ain't Your Christ / Country Dumb Vinyl" Discogscom 2011-04-16 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  10. ^ "nextmusic - Yann TIERSEN & DUST LANE INC Live !" Nextmusicblogfr 2010-09-06 Archived from the original on 2014-07-14 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  11. ^ "News | Josh T Pearson Signs To Mute - Album & Live Details" The Quietus Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  12. ^ Pearson, Josh T 2010-07-28 "Josh T Pearson signing contract with Mute | Flickr - Photo Sharing!" Flickr Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  13. ^ "Interview With Josh T Pearson" 247 Magazine Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  14. ^ Forman, Bill 2011-03-18 "SXSW goes to church with Low and Josh T Pearson | IndyBlog | Colorado Springs Independent" Csindycom Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  15. ^ "Josh T Pearson + Dustin O'Halloran SOLD OUT - All Tomorrow's Parties" Atpfestivalcom Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  16. ^ "An evening with Josh T Pearson and guests" Barbican 2011-11-26 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  17. ^ "Josh T Pearson Gigography, Tour History & Past Concerts – Songkick" Songkickcom Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  18. ^ 00:05 2011-04-17 "BBC Two - Later with Jools Holland, Series 38, Episode 2" BBC Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  19. ^ "Last Of The Country Gentlemen named as Rough Trade's 'Album of the Year'" Archived from the original on April 25, 2013 Retrieved June 16, 2013 
  20. ^ "Glenfiddich Mojo Honours List 2011" Archived from the original on January 20, 2013 Retrieved June 16, 2013 
  21. ^ "Radiohead, PJ Harvey Nominated For 2011 Uncut Music Award | Live4ever Media" Live4everukcom 2011-11-01 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  22. ^ "Uncut's Top 50 Albums of 2011" Albumoftheyearorg Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  23. ^ "MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2011" Albumoftheyearorg Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  24. ^ "Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2011" Albumoftheyearorg Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  25. ^ "Q's 50 Albums of The Year 2011" Albumoftheyearorg Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  26. ^ "Rocklistnet Uncut Lists" Rocklistmusiccouk Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  27. ^ Start time: "A Room for London" Southbank Centre Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  28. ^ "A Room For London : October 2012 : Josh T Pearson : The Texan songwriter recorded his session on 23 October 2012" Archived from the original on April 1, 2013 Retrieved June 16, 2013 
  29. ^ "Twelve gigs on a boat | Intelligent Life magazine" Moreintelligentlifecouk Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  30. ^ "A New Life 2002" IMDbcom Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  31. ^ James Christopher Monger 2012-11-19 "Seven Psychopaths - Carter Burwell | Songs, Reviews, Credits" AllMusic Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  32. ^ "The Counselor - Soundtracks" IMDbcom Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  33. ^ "Josh T Pearson" Dogdaypresscom Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  34. ^
  35. ^ "Josh T Pearson - Country Dumb File" Discogscom 2011-02-21 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  36. ^
  37. ^ "MUTE Josh T Pearson Sorry with a Song – single out today" Mutecom 2011-10-03 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  38. ^ "Josh T Pearson - Rough Trade Christmas Bonus CD" Discogscom 2011-11-21 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  39. ^ "Josh Pearson - To Hull And Back CDr" Discogscom 2012-08-27 Retrieved 2016-02-16 
  40. ^ "Josh T Pearson - The King Is Dead Vinyl, LP" Discogscom Retrieved 2016-02-16 

External links

  • Official website

Further reading

  • The Top 125 Peel Sessions Of All Time - 15/04/2001 Lift To Experience
  • Cloud 9 And Rising May 31, 2002
  • What A Wonderful Life By Stevie Chick, Loose Lips Sink Ships Magazine 2004
  • Drowned In Sound Meets Josh T Pearson - The Nottingham-Berlin Crossroads May 22, 2007
  • Josh T Pearson Interviews Warren Ellis Of Dirty Three 2009
  • Uncut's Top 150 Albums Of The '00s - No64 Lift To Experience - The Texas-Jerasulem Crossroads

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