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RAISING THE BAR

Texan singer-songwriter Josh T. Pearson has enjoyed a warm reception in Europe, yet he’s struggled to peddle his art back in his home country. But with the release of his second album, The Straight Hits!, that could all be set to change. Laura Williams finds out more

After several years in the wilderness (again), Josh T. Pearson has emerged from a cocoon of self-doubt as a beautiful, colourful butterfly – with albums brimming with new and varied material under his bright-white cowboy hat.

Unrecognisable from the bearded, sober, yoga-loving introvert of 2010/11, Pearson became reacquainted with a razor and booze, learned to dance and love again, and hasn’t looked back. “It’s been a great few years,” he says. “It’s so different to the first 40 years.”

After living in Europe for several years in the late 2000s – London, Berlin and Paris – Pearson achieved cult status with his only solo record, 2011’s Last Of The Country Gentlemen – Rough Trade’s Album Of The Year. It’s a heartbreaking story of love and loss, delivered intensely, by a man on the brink.

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