Josh T. Pearson has unveiled a new track from his forthcoming album, The Straight Hits! which will be out on 13 April 2018.
On top of the new album news, Pearson and his band – which features Lift To Experience drummer Andy Young and members of the Texas Gentlemen – take to the road with a tour across Europe in May and June, with the final date of the UK tour at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 22 May. Ahead of then, Pearson will head to Austin’s SXSW festival in March for a series of dates and will perform solo acoustic sets across the Rough Trade shops in the UK in April.
Though he’s been a recording artist for over two decades now, and has been writing songs for thirty years, The Straight Hits! is only Pearson’s second solo album, and follows his acclaimed debut, 2011’s Last Of The Country Gentlemen and 2001’s The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads by Lift To Experience.
Lately, the Texan gentleman has been motivated by a desire to share more Josh T. Pearson music with the world, before it’s too late: “In the last years I learned to dance, take drugs, make love… choose life” he said.
“I got rid of the beard, cut my hair and started wearing colour. I burned down all my idols and realised in the process that I needed to burn down my reputation as fast as I could too. I felt constricted by the old stuff and I didn’t like being in a cage. It wasn’t letting me move on.
“I was at the US Embassy in London when the shit went down with the presidential election in 2016,” he remembers. “It was unsettling; I’ve never seen the country so divided. A responsibility seemed to shift within me – like, where are the people really stepping up to spread joy?”
JOSH T. PEARSON LIVE
12 Mar – US, Austin TX, SXSW Discover Denton Texas Music Showcase – 1am (Sidewinder Inside)
13 Mar – US, Austin TX, SXSW w/ Low – 9pm (St. David’s Historic Sanctuary)
14 Mar – US, Austin TX, SXSW SX San Jose – 4pm (Hotel San Jose)
15 Mar – US, Austin TX, SXSW Tiger Bomb Promo Official SXSW Showcase – 1am (Valhalla)
13 Apr – UK, London Rough Trade West instore + signing, from 2pm
13 Apr – UK, London Rough Trade East instore + signing, from 7pm
14 Apr – UK, Bristol Rough Trade instore + signing, from 6.30pm
15 Apr – UK, Nottingham Rough Trade instore + signing, from 5.30pm
15 May – UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
16 May – UK, Birmingham The Glee Club
18 May – IE, Dublin Whelans
19 May – UK, Glasgow Art School
20 May – UK, Manchester Gorilla
22 May – UK, London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
24 May – FR, Paris La Maroquinerie
26 May – BE, Belgium Rotonde Botanique
27 May – NL, Amsterdam Bitterzoet
28 May – DE, Cologne Gebäude 9
29 May – DE, Hamburg Knust
30 May – DE, Berlin Quasimodo
4 June – SE, Stockholm Kagelbanen
5 June – DK, Copenhagen DR Koncerthuset Studio 3
6 June – NO, Oslo Parkteatret