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Bernie Pearl’s “Take Your Time” Review on F.A.M.E.


Hi. If you weren’t there, you missed an unforgettable evening. ( I almost said ‘some enchanted evening). The music, the performances, connection with folks in the full house, and the audience itself were amazing. Honestly, it took me back to some of the best of the original Ash Grove, itself. -Ed

Bernie Pearl’s “Take Your Time” Review on F.A.M.E. Music writer Mark C. Tucker has written on my work since “Live at Boulevard Music: Somebody Got To Do It” His review of “Take Your Time” appears in the latest edition of Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME). Bernie “Take Your Time is ample demonstration that no matter how long you work at it, the guitar and the blues contain depths that just keep opening up. And that’s what you get this time out: the added luster, warmth, and degree of exposition that comes only of toil, discretion, long familiarity, and an irreducible love for the fullest dimensions of the art.

Frankly, you can start listening to Bernie Pearl at any point in his growing catalogue and be nothing but happy and engrossed, but, even so, the guy’s a purist and ceaselessly refining his craft, sometimes taking a year or more — sometimes a hell of a lot longer — before satisfying himself that he’s got a particular song right, letting the public in on the result. Thus, there’s a subtle but definable evolution to his mastery that reminds me of a quip by Segovia after a White House performance, wherein the maestro was asked how, after more than 60 years of playing, he felt about the guitar. He answered, with a glowing smile, “You know…I think I’m just beginning to understand this instrument”. To see the full review, click on this link ============================================================ Copyright © 2014 Ed Pearl- The Ash Grove, All rights reserved.

The Ash Grove; Bernie Pearl and Barbara Morrison, Live and a new CD: Sat. night, Feb. 15

Bernie Pearl and Barbara Morrison, Live and a a new CD: Sat. night, Feb. 15

Valentine’s Day is here, and tomorrow night we celebrate the release of my new CD, “Take Your Time”, with a Champage Reception, CD Concert, and Blues Jam at Barbara Morrison’s Performing Arts Center. It’s always great to hear that people are enjoying the music. I’d like to share a quote from concert promoter, musician, and fan, Michael Gliona: “Technically this is the best self produced CD I have ever heard. Vinyl has nothing over this one. Bernie’s guitars sound like they are right there in your room. Plenty of natural ambience. Artistically it is a knockout. Bernie Pearl ( digs deep. The incomparable Barbara Morrison ( adds perfect vocal support.” If you love the Blues, you’re going to want to join us at Barbara’s place tomorrow night! On Saturday, February 15, The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center will host a Champagne Reception and CD Release Concert to celebrate blues guitarist Bernie Pearl’s just-released recording, “Take Your Time”. The evening will start with a 7:30-8:00 champagne and hors oeuvres reception in the atrium. At 8:15 the focus moves to the theater stage where Pearl, Morrison & Band will perform selections from the CD. An All-Star Blues Jam follows at 9:30, featuring sizzling New Orleans guitar master Big Terry DeRouen, and L.A.’s greatest real-deal blues singer, Jamie “Blues Boy” Powell. Joined by Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer, Mike Barry, Albert Trepagnier, and special guests, they will jam the Blues. And for the dancers, the venue has recently been remodeled for that purpose. All guests will be offered a complementary “Take Your Time” poster, designed by EK Waller, as a memento of this special evening. Copies of the CD will be offered for sale, and Barbara, Bernie, and the Band will be available for autographs. Tickets are $20, available at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at Parking – Ample metered parking adjacent to the Center runs until 8:00, free thereafter. Bring coins. Reception, Concert, & Jam Admission $20 Saturday, February 15, 7:30 – 10:30 The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center 4305 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90008 Information: (310) 462-1439 ============================================================ Copyright © 2014 Ed Pearl- The Ash Grove, All rights reserved.