Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, session-musician…this only begins to describe Jack Pearson. Although he may be best known as an A-list blues/rock lead and slide guitarist, Jack is also a soulful, creative songwriter and artist in his own right.
As a songwriter and solo artist, his songs are moving and honest while his grooves make it hard to sit still for very long. Jack’s lyrics often reflect hope and redemption, reminding the listener never to give up no matter how heavy their burdens. His lyrical and musical hooks have also led to cuts by other artists.
Adept at many musical genres and instruments, he possesses the ability to take each to a higher level. His playing is sophisticated while full of intensity and passion, leaving audiences cheering and musicians smiling - shaking their heads in disbelief at his seemingly effortless skill and talent. Blues Revue calls him a “world-class guitarist” and Rolling Stone brags on his “light touch and fluid, jazzy style…dynamic slide playing”.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Jack has been influenced by many styles of music and his knowledge of the history of each allows him to deliver a “true to the tradition” performance. During his 30+ year career he has mastered a wide range of instruments including electric, slide, acoustic and resonator guitar, mandolin, old time banjo and Hammond organ, which he incorporates into many musical styles such as blues & roots music; jazz & bebop; pop & rock; and bluegrass & country. His versatility and musicianship keep his live shows and recordings fresh and exciting.
Jack’s musical career began in the mid 1970’s, playing in multiple bands and logging his first recording session at age 16. At 17, he was on the road with friend Lee Roy Parnell and also spent time living in Florida, Texas and Alabama. He has played with jazz legends, toured with Delbert McClinton, among others, and in 1993 began his relationship with The Allman Brothers Band as a sub for Dickey Betts during a tour. Jack was a member of the band from 1997-1999 and also toured with Gregg Allman on his solo shows. Gregg Allman has said, “Jack Pearson is tops – he really is. That guy can do it all. As a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, he is amazing…There is no question that Jack Pearson is one of the most accomplished cats I’ve ever played with…”
Jack has also worked either live or in the studio with a diverse group of artists and musicians including Vince Gill, Rodney Atkins, Jimmy Buffett, Earl Scruggs, Chris LeDoux, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Mac McAnally, Amy Grant, Groove Holmes, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Milsap, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Hall, Gov’t Mule, Buddy DeFranco, Shelby Lynne, Jimmy Raney, Jim Horn, Bonnie Bramlett, Mundell Lowe, The Jordanaires, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Montana, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Nalls, Chuck Leavell and the list goes on and on.
There’s always something new – Jack may be writing or recording with a multitude of talented friends, producing recordings for other artists, working as a session-musician, and hosting/teaching guitar clinics and workshops; with plans to expand his role as instructor and also release more of his own recordings.
Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, session-musician…many people in Nashville and beyond can claim those descriptors, but Jack Pearson is a truly gifted performer and an American musical treasure.