Well, it’s that time of year again when we here at the Live4ever Ezine begin to trail back through 12 months worth of musical delights in a vain attempt to group our favourites of 2011 into some sort of coherent list we like to call Live4ever’s Essential Listening.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be presenting our most cherished gigs, tracks and albums of the year, in the hope that our highlights from 52 weeks worth of sonic adventure will inspire you to investigate our essential picks of 2011, as well as sharing your own favourites with us.
Check back next week for Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2011 – The Tracks, and when you’ve been through our stand-out gigs of the year, don’t forget to leave a comment below to tell the world of your memorable gig-going experiences of 2011.
He comes from a long line in history of dreamers. He ain’t your saviour, or your Christ, or your goddamn sacrifice. He’s been sober three years, on the road nine months, and we’ve been spellbound to these kind of words and whispers and moans and Texan drawls for damn near to an hour and forty-five minutes, give or take a goat joke.
Fair enough, that’s too much, too fast. Let’s recap. Back in March, Josh T. Pearson’s stunning debut ‘Last of the Country Gentlemen’ caught us all with our trousers down, completely unprepared for this kind of brutal opening-up of old wounds, wrought with the kind of shattering sincerity and frankness unseen since the days of Johnny Cash.
Now, sat in the Royal Northern College of Music’s concert hall of octagons and semi-circles and incredible organ pipes, Pearson strides out to join us, dressed head to foot in black with a silver steer skull belt buckle. Good god, the man’s tall. “Anyone gotta pee? Turned off your cellphones? Don’t be that asshole.” He takes the time to get a feel for this audience; charming and beguiling us with his easy manner and inexhaustible supply of dirty jokes while he tunes up his guitar.
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