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Live From Boulevard Music Bernie Pearl

by Bernie Pearl

Imaginative, hard-core acoustic guitar blues and vocals. Fingerstyle and slide guitar, with fresh renditions of classic blues songs.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
Gary Mandel
0:18 album only
2. Night Time Is the Right Time
Bernie Pearl
4:22 album only
3. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
Bernie Pearl
3:03 album only
4. Shinin' Moon
Bernie Pearl
6:20 album only
5. California Hustle
Bernie Pearl
2:32 album only
6. I Just Keeps on Wanting You
Bernie Pearl
3:34 album only
7. Rolling and Tumbling
Bernie Pearl
5:50 album only
8. Trouble In Mind
Bernie Pearl
6:54 album only
9. Everyday's A Working Day For Me
Bernie Pearl
4:16 album only
10. Jailhouse Blues
Bernie Pearl
3:59 album only
11. Mojo Hand
Bernie Pearl
5:02 album only
12. Sweet Home Chicago
Bernie Pearl
4:59 album only
13. Shake 'Em Down
Bernie Pearl
6:15 album only


Album Notes
Bernie Pearl Live From Boulevard Music
Major Label ML011-CD

Recorded in live acoustic concert at Boulevard Music in Culver City, California in May, 2002, veteran blues guitarist Bernie Pearl showcases his considerable chops on a eleven classic blues numbers, and one sparkling original fingerpicking gem.
Pearl, who learned his licks directly from such country blues icons as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Fred MacDowell, Brownie McGhee, Rev Gary Davis, and others, has also backed, with his band, such luminaries as Freddie King, Big Mama Thornton, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Charles Brown, and Big Joe Turner.
His dazzling, imaginative guitar riffs back a warm voice and upbeat stage presence on this notable debut CD for a man who has a near-legendary status in the L.A. blues scene.
Previous recordings with Papa John Creach and Harmonica Fats earned high critical praise and two W.C. Handy nominations.
Bernie is backed by Michael Barry on upright bass on all cuts. Nigerian drummer Ayo Adeyemi joins in on cuts 12 & 13. Bernie plays a 1954 Martin 00-17, a late 1930’s National, and a Guild F-20 - all unamplified.
Bernie Pearl Live From Boulevard Music
1) Introduction by Boulevard Music host Gary Mandell 0:19
2) Night Time Is the Right Time 4:21
Based on Mance Lipscomb’s rendition of Roosevelt Sykes’ famous tune.
Medium tempo, East Texas “steady-thumb”-style piece opens the concert.
3) Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning 3:04
Energetic slide guitar, based on Blind Willie Johnson’s religious classic.
4) Shinin’ Moon 6:21
Pearl often played this slow love blues with its originator, Lightnin’ Hopkins.
5) California Hustle 2:33
A Pearl original, fast-moving fingerpicking instrumental.
6) I Just Keeps On Wanting You 3:34
Learned from a recording of obscure Louisiana artist Herman E. Johnson. Loosely based on a Kokomo Arnold melody. Medium-tempo slide guitar.
7) Rolling and Tumbling 5:50
Mississippi Delta slide romp on Bernie’s National.
8) Trouble In Mind 6:55
Bernie also backed Lightnin’ Sam on this slow, haunting Bessie Smith song.
9) Everyday’s A Working Day For Me 4:17
A Harmonica Fats song with an original rag-time arrangement by Bernie,
with a tip of the hat to Rev. Gary Davis.
10) Jailhouse Blues 4:00
A post-war Hopkins hit, also originated by Bessie Smith, with a John Lee
Hooker-like accompaniment.
11) Mojo Hand 5:03
Bernie’s reading of Hopkins’ landmark hit. Medium Texas country blues.
12) Sweet Home Chicago 5:00
Mississippi-Chicago chestnut energized by African drumming. Echoes of
Robert Johnson, Magic Sam, and Johnny Shines.
13) Shake ‘Em Down 6:16
Delta slide classic, learned from Mississippi Fred MacDowell, concert encore
propelled by Ayo Adeyemi’s drum and audience participation.

Bernie Pearl - Biography

The blues is life itself to Bernie Pearl. A guitarist with an upbeat, finger-poppin’ picking style he learned at the elbows of bluesmasters Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi Fred MacDowell, and others.
Yet, Bernie Pearl is no hidebound traditionalist.
As music critics and aficionados have said for years, he is a craftsman who packs his songs with melodic interpretations that are new and personal each time he picks up his vintage Martin or National.
To hear him tell it, “I’m not a retro player. I’m playing real blues for right now.”
Bernie, who grew up in the Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights, took up the guitar in the 1950’s. Later, at his brother’s legendary blues showcase, the Ash Grove, he met, studied with, and often performed with greats like Hopkins, Lipscomb, and MacDowell as well as with Freddie King, Albert Collins, and Big Mama Thornton. Bernie played duets with John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village.
“They were my teachers,” he says, “and it wasn’t just music they were teaching. If you took Mance or Lightnin’ out fishing you got philosophy, history, and lessons in life”.
Armed with the teachings of those and other blues icons, Bernie raises the roof with dazzling guitar solos - acoustic and electric - and with his own Bernie Pearl Blues Band, which has backed the likes of B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Dixon, and Big Joe Turner.
The Bernie Pearl Blues Band has been a popular draw at many of Southern California’s best-known musical haunts: the House of Blues, California Plaza Presents, the Blue Café, Disney’s California Adventure, and the Playboy Pasadena Community Jazz Festival. Bernie has appeared at major Festivals in Chicago,
The Poconos, Vancouver, Portland, and Long Beach, as well as in Europe.
A life-long blues evangelist, Bernie began broadcasting “Nothin’ But the Blues” on KPPC FM in 1968, making him L.A.’s first all-blues FM disc jockey. He went on to host the blues on KLON and KCRW from 1980-92, helping found the Long Beach Blues Festival along the way.
His 15-year relationship with Louisiana blues man Harmonica Fats produced three outstanding CDs, with the unplugged “Two Heads Are Better”, and “Blow, Fat Daddy, Blow”, each garnering W.C. Handy nominations in the mid-1990’s.
Bernie applied his studio skills as a producer and songwriter-arranger of jazz-rocking violin pioneer Papa John Creach’s critically-acclaimed 1992 “Papa Blues” CD (Bee Bump BBCD 03).
As president of Big Time Blues Productions, Pearl was named national “Blues Promoter of the Year” by the Blues Foundation in 1987, and he continues to book, promote, advertise, and oversee blues acts at annual events such as the Big Time Blues Festival and the Blues Harmonica Blowdown. He has taught blues history and blues guitar courses at several area universities, and continues to teach at Cal State Long Beach, as well as privately.
His first solo CD, released in August 2002, was recorded in an all-acoustic concert at Culver City’s Boulevard Music and is appropriately titled “Bernie Pearl Live From Boulevard Music” (Major Label ML 011-CD).
For music lovers tired of market-tested commercial radio and industry-buffed overnight phenoms, Pearl provides virtuosity, country wisdom, a warm voice, and the kind of fingerpicking and slide guitar work that still gets juke-joints jumping.
“Making blues music draws from someplace deep,” he says. “I’m lucky.
It’s what I do.”



to write a review

Lee Zitko

Listening or playing along, this is a great trad blues CD!
This CD is just as I heard it recorded live: free wheeling, warm, and flawless guitar blues, a demonstration of why traditional acoustic blues will continue to live long into another century. And it's great for jammin' along!

Clifford Orange

Bernie is a outstanding blues artist, this CD proves it.
Keep up the great music Bernie, We don't have too many
of this type blues artist around these days.

robert sinsapaugh

outstanding blues artist. liked very much
i have just started getting into all types of blues music.enjoy the sounds of harmonicas and acoustic guitars
i thought it was a great album

Michel Chesnais France

This is a fabulous album
This is a fabulous album by a truly contempory bluesman