CD Review By Brian Scherzer
No website that calls itself "Old School Guitar" would be complete without a review of a CD of authentic acoustic rural-styled blues. "William House and Jack Pearson", originally released in 1999, is as deep as you can get into the roots of modern acoustic blues. From beginning to end, the twelve songs that comprise this recording capture the magic of two incredible musicians who have played together for more than 20 years. They share vocal duties, with House performing on harmonica, while Pearson handles the resonator and acoustic guitar in ways that remind the listener of days gone by. Proficient on slide and with his own style of finger picking, Pearson provides a background from which House's unique use of the harmonica stands out as something truly special. The end result is a CD that is sure to captivate the audience!
Excerpts from another review give some background to both of these musicians:
"Blues harmonica master, William Howse, has established a playing style in the tradition of John Lee Williamson, Big Walter and Deford Bailey. And his vocals are reminiscent of Muddy Waters. He is one of the few true bluesmen around today. Through the years William has played with such artists as Lonnie Mack and Tinsley Ellis and many local and regional groups, including the Miranda Louise Band, the Bobby Bradford Blues Band, Blues Co-op and Big Mike Griffin and the Unknown Blues Band. He has contributed harp and/or songwriting to studio albums by Gregg Allman, Johnny Jenkins and Jimmy Hall, among others. He gave a special performance at the dedication ceremony of the Tennessee Historical Marker commemorating harmonica great Deford Bailey, the first black musician to appear at the Grand Ole Opry."
"Jack is probably best known for his blues/rock lead and slide guitar playing as a member of The Allman Brothers Band from 1997 to 1999. Often singled out solely as an electric blues slide player, Jack is just as adept in many other musical genres and is able to take each of those to another level with his guitar. His acoustic blues playing style developed from influences such as Blind Willie Johnson and Brownie McGhee."
Flat out, if you like old-school acoustic blues, this is a CD that should merit listening to the soundclips and purchasing. It remains in my listening rotation on a frequent basis, especially when I need to remind myself what the blues is all about! Some soundclip links are include below:
You can purchase this CD direct from the artists by clicking here and scrolling down to the third CD!