Lift To Experience’s Pearson w/Solo LP



Last of the Country
Gentlemen due in March.


By Fred Mills


In 2001, a relatively obscure Texas band called the Lift To
issued a double album debut The
Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads
(there had been an EP in ’97 as well), and it
would be vast understatement to say it utterly floored rock critics across the
planet. The British press, in particular, was smitten by the band’s soaring
brand of guitar-heavy roots and psychedelia (not to mention the apocalyptic
tone of the lyrics), and the album wound up on scores of year-end best-of lists
in 2001. It was a fractious tenure for LTE, however, and they split up a year
or so later.


Frontman Josh T. Pearson has now resurfaced after several
years of under-the-radar woodshedding (there was also a 2006 split single with
the Dirty Three) and is set to release a solo album this March, Last of the Country Gentlemen, on Mute.
It’s raw, stark, dark and intimate and not unlike such artist as Will Oldham or
Joanna Newsom in tone. Warren Ellis of the D3/Bad Seeds also plays strings on


We’re pretty excited about Pearson here at Blurt and looking
forward to his appearance at SXSW in March. (He currently lives in Paris.) You can get an
advance taste of him at his MySpace page, or check out this song, “Sweetheart I
Ain’t Your Christ,” at SoundCloud.


MP3: Sweetheart I Ain’t Your Christ


 He’s also got a couple of compelling videos you can check out over at his YouTube channel.



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