Entering the world of electric blues is California based guitarist and singer Steve Pierson. Assembling a crack team of backing musicians, Pierson released his debut CD, Blues Head, featuring well-crafted, smoldering blues tracks topped with plenty of soulful guitar playing. Pierson seems especially adept at the slow blues numbers such as "Secrets" and "Found Somebody To Love", but can also rip on the uptempo numbers, such as the wah-wah inflicted "Bad Condition". "I Chose To Sing The Blues" features a great example of a clean, yet bone-cutting solo; Pierson clearly has all the requisite blues tones at his fingertips (even acoustic, check out the slide work on "Melinda's Eyes" and "Cold In My Bed"). However, it takes years to develop the touch to use those tones skillfully - Pierson has the experience, the chops and the edge to pull it off. Steve Pierson was originally profiled in the October-November, 2000 edition of The Undiscovered.
Steve started playing music at a young age, starting on piano. When he was 13, his older brother taught him to play a couple of chords on the guitar, and he was sold. Steve has always wanted to play blues, drawing on influences such as Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He then discovered bluesmen such as Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray and the Kings. Steve later moved to California from Maryland and played both in blues bands as well as solo acoustic gigs. He recently put together a 'dream team' of his favorite musicians to record his debut album.
This is only the beginning for this young "blues head", and promises more great music to come.
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