Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jack Pearson's Birthday Bash

June 20, 2017
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

Jack Pearson's Birthday Bash at 3rd and Lindsley this year was perhaps the best ever. Jack loves to play (a waitress remarked “he would play all night if we let him”) and nothing makes him happier when his friends turn out to jam with him. This year's friends included Tommy Emmanuel, Shaun Murphy, Moe Denham, Dave Duncan, Ruth Ann Conley (“Sister Ruth”), Tim Gonzales, Lydia Bain as well as his regulars Charles Treadway on the Hammond and Joshua Hunt on drums.



Backstage Jack was picking with Tommy before the show when the first of many cakes was presented to him. Set one was Jack and Tommy unplugged beginning with a tribute to Gregg Allman, “Midnight Rider”. Jack had been in the studio recently with Tommy and it showed in the way these two guitar greats played together. Another special song was a beautifully played “Tennessee Waltz. There are videos of these two songs at the end of the article.






After the first set Jack brought out the cake and made the ceremonial first cut. Other cakes appeared, the words of Marie Antoinette came to mind..”Let them eat Cake”. Even the photographers enjoyed a taste. 



Then came set two, Jack on electric guitar with Charles Treadway on the Hammond and Joshua Hunt on drums. They were on fire, perhaps fueled by all the cake. Some favorites of this set was when Jack led the audience in “Everyday I have the Blues” and his “Just Believe”. A video of the “Just Believe” can be found at the end of the article.













The third set was for jamming! First up was Jack's musical mentor Moe Denham taking over the Hammond, then adding Dave Duncan on guitar and Ruth Ann Conley on vocals for a blistering cover of Jimi Hendrix's “Red House”. A video of which may be found below.















Shaun Murphy then replaced Ruth Ann on vocals, Charles Treadway took back the Hammond and Tim Gonzales joined in on Harmonica for a cover of “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It takes a Train to Cry. This tour de force may also be found on video below.











The last but definitely not the least friend to join in was Lydia Bain on electric violin. It's always special to hear Jack trade licks with other guitarists but the electric violin playing by Lydia was totally over the top. Listen to the final video included as they take “Dimples” by John Lee Hooker to a higher level. So mark your calenders now for next year to experience the 2018 Jack's Birthday Bash.
















Midnight Rider

Tennessee Waltz

Just Believe

Red House

It takes a lot to laugh, It takes a train to cry

Dimples


http://www.jackpearson.com/

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