Josh T. Pearson
|Josh T. Pearson|
|Associated acts||Lift to Experience|
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.
The Wilderness Years
After Lift To Experience disintegrated, 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's Mercury Music Prize nominated album Fur and Gold.
In January 2010, Pearson recorded an album of epic 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.
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 show Later with Jools Holland in April 2011.
Last of the Country Gentlemen was named Rough Trade (shops) "Album of the Year 2011" and nominated in two categories, "Best Album" and "Breakthrough Act", at MOJO Awards 2011 and shortlisted for Uncut Music Award 2011. 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.
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 2-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's thriller film written by Cormac McCarthy The Counselor.
- Last Of The Country Gentlemen (Mute, 2011)
- 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
- To Hull And Back (Self-Released, 2005) - CD-R Album, Recorded live at The New Adelphi Club in Hull, UK
- The King Is Dead (Mute Czechoslovakia, 2011) - 12" Album (limited edition of 1000). Recorded live at Union Chapel in London, UK
- 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 - No.64 Lift To Experience - The Texas-Jerasulem Crossroads
- Louder Than War Interview with Ian Johnston
- Dirty Three ATP - Drowned In Sounds Review
- MBV ATP NME Review
- Josh T. Pearson/ Dirty Three single
- West Country Night - Session One details
- Bat For Lashes w/ Josh T. Pearson
- Last of the Country Gentlemen Discogs
- Josh T. Pearson performs Country Dumb with Dustin O'Halloran.
- Josh T. Pearson - Record Store Day 2011
- Yann Tiersen & Dust Lane Inc. feat Josh T. Pearson
- Josh T. Pearson Signs To Mute
- Josh T. Pearson signing contract with Mute (photos)
- 247 Magazine: Josh T. Pearson About Life on the Road
- SXSW goes to church with Low and Josh T. Pearson
- Josh T. Pearson at Union Chapel
- An evening with Josh T Pearson and guests
- Josh T. Pearson Concert Dates on Songkick
- Later... with Jools Holland, Series 38, Episode 2
- Last of the Country Gentlemen named Rough Trade's Album of the Year 2011
- Mojo Honours List 2011 - The Shortlist
- Uncut Magazine Music Award 2011 Nominations
- Uncut's Top 50 Albums of 2011
- MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2011
- Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2011
- Q's 50 Albums of The Year 2011
- Uncut: 50 Greatest Singer/Songwriter Albums
- A Room For London
- Sounds From A Room
- Twelve Gigs On A Boat
- A New Life IMDb
- Seven Psychopaths Soundtrack
- The Counselor - Soundtracks - IMDb
- Dog Day Press - Josh T. Pearson
- Josh Pearson on Discogs
- Country Dumb single
- Sweetheart I Ain't Your Christ / Country Dumb - Record Store Day 2011
- Woman, When I’ve Raised Hell single
- Sorry With A Song single
- Rough Trade Christmas Bonus
- To Hull And Back bootleg
- The King Is Dead bootleg