Roots Master Pierce Crask Fairfield Debut at Cafe Paradiso The Wednesday night open mic at Café Paradiso has gained quite the reputation, occasionally attracting surprisingly talented performers from several hours drive.
Roots Master Pierce Crask Fairfield Debut at Cafe Paradiso
The Wednesday night open mic at Café Paradiso has gained quite the reputation, occasionally attracting surprisingly talented performers from several hours drive. When St. Louis based Pierce Crask’s first notes exploded from his guitar from the open mic stage, MC Paulina and I exchanged approving looks with raised eyebrows. I wondered why someone of this caliber had just driven four hours to play for free but I wasn’t complaining. He continued to wow us with his soulfully searing mastery of finger style guitar, harmonica, singing, songwriting and showmanship. This dude was as solid as they come. Paulina didn’t let him get far from the stage before she had him booked as a feature the next month. I encouraged him to look into a full concert and here we are.
It’s no surprise to find out that Pierce plays 300 shows a year. Do the math. Drawing from influences such as Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, and Chris Smither, it was his love of classic rock n rollers like Chuck Berry, The Stones, and The Allman Brothers, that compelled him to form his band The Falling Martins in 2001. He has since recorded six albums with them and four solo releases, all to critical acclaim. “hits the lyrical nail on the head.” “elegant roots rock tinged with blues and country.” “this town’s Randy Newman.”
Come on down at 8pm on Saturday March 2nd and hear for yourself what all the fuss is about. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.