Bernie Pearl

Decades: 1990s 2000s


17 October 1939, Los Angeles, California, USA. During the 50s Pearl began playing guitar and was drawn to the blues owing to many opportunities he had to hear first hand masters such as Albert Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddie King, Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi Fred MacDowell and Big Mama Thornton. Mostly this came about through these artists appearing at the Ash Grove, a blues club that was operated by Pearl’s brother, Ed. Not only did Pearl hear these artists, in some instances he took lessons from them, developing striking technical skills and building extensive knowledge of the idiom. From the late 60s, for many years Pearl could also be heard presenting records on radio’s Nothin’ But The Blues. As he played, Pearl acquired a local following and in 1984 formed his own Blues Band, performing at many venues in southern California where the band, which included Robert Lucas, who was taught by Pearl, played not only its own engagements but also...

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