Jack Pearson Interview

(Originally aired on March 4, 2010)

In Nashville ó home to so many amazing guitarists ó Jack Pearson is held in the highest esteem. His playing is a riveting mix of Southern rock, swampy blues, sophisticated jazz and greasy funk. When the Derek Trucks Band is in town, the group likes to invite Pearson onstage to perform and jam. It's exhilarating to watch Trucks and Pearson trade slide guitar licks.

It's not surprising that Pearson's connection with Trucks and crew runs deep: Pearson played with the Allman Brothers Band for several years and has recorded with Gregg Allman. As both a veteran session player and songwriter, Pearson has amassed a long and diverse list of credits that includes Bobby Blue Bland, Tracy Nelson, Govít Mule, Lee Roy Parnell, Delbert McClinton, Shelby Lynne, Jimmy Buffett, Lee Ann Womack, Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Smith, Ronnie Milsap, Bonnie Bramlett and Faith Hill.

Pearson has several solo albums, including 1999's Jack Pearson and his latest, Do What's Right. In this week's artist feature, we'll hear cuts from these albums, as well as exclusive interview clips in which Pearson discusses his music and his approach to writing and recording.