Jack Pearson is Nashville royalty—and not just because he played alongside Dickey Betts from 1997 – 1999 as part of the Allman Brothers Band. Pearson’s also put his head together on projects with Vince Gill, Jimmy Buffett, Lee Roy Parnell, Faith Hill and Delbert McClinton. This world-class guitarist, born and raised in Nashville, tears through soulful blues, jazz and rock guitar. And he manages to make it all look effortless.
A friend of Warren Haynes and Gregg Allman during the early ’90s, Pearson was asked to sub for Dickey Betts (who was battling alcoholism) in 1993′s incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band and he then went on to play in Gregg’s solo band from 1994 to 1997. Of joining the Allman fold, Pearson has said, “I knew a lot of the music from the original band, because I had learned the songs off of records in the 1970s. Duane and Dickey are influences, but I tried to play in a way that fit in and complimented the music while still being myself.”
Pearson derives his tasteful tone from his principle guitar, a Gibson Custom Shop ES-336. These days he can be found hosting Tuesday night Jack Pearson and Friends Pickin’ Parties at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley venue. Check out Part One of Gibson’s “Performance & Style” Video for a little taste of Jack: