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Indie Folk, Folk, Americana

Stuart Pearson echoes the voices of the voiceless on his Southern gothic folk number Rise And Fall.

It all goes back to the blues and to folk, teachers like to tell us. These are the embers of all of modern music, and it’s been that way ever since Little Richard let out a scream, or Chuck Berry slid his fingers down a fretboard. 

There must be some truth to that if we consider the people widely considered to be the greatest songwriters of our time. The likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, or Neil Young all return to this type of music for sustenance. The longer they push into their careers, the more their voices become one with the voice of the blues itself. 

Stuart Pearson acts as a messenger for that kind of songwriting on the song Rise And Fall. It’s a song about abject misery sung as if the stories being told were always inevitable. There’s a Tom Waits-like glee in the way that the writer digs up stories of deep anguish. And, through it all, Pearson’s masterful construction of the song is more than evident. Some people are just born with the gift of channelling the deepest blue.


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