Al Lerman Live at The Acoustic Grill
A modern, bare-boned disc that is as downhome and true to myself as I can possibly get. No over-dubs or guest musicians, just me, my guitar and rack harmonica.
On hearing the final mixes, it put in mind of those impressionable years when I was first exposed to the Riverboat Coffeehouse in Toronto’s thriving Yorkville Village back in 1965. I was only eleven, but since they didn’t serve alcohol, a kid like me could get in. In the coffeehouse, intimate and attentive crowds would sip mochas and expressos while listening to solo acoustic performances such as Joni Mitchell and Dave Van Ronk. Blues artists like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Bukka White and John Hammond all appeared regularly. It was the blues artists that really moved me and inspired me to become a fulltime musician, which i’ve managed to do for over fourty years.
Multi-instrumentalist AL LERMAN (harmonica, tenor saxophone, guitar and vocals) is the band leader of the 2x Juno Award winning blues/roots outfit FATHEAD. He also performs regularly as a solo acoustic artist playing guitar & rack harmonica, and often works as a guest sideman with a myriad of top-notch bands, touring internationally.