We are so excited to have Damion “Yella P” Pearson from Memphissippi Sounds on No Simple Road this week! One fated summer night in 2017 the paths of two uniquely gifted and talented Memphis musicians aligned in a club on Beale Street. Cameron Kimbrough, grandson of Junior Kimbrough and native of the famed Mississippi hill country, brought his raw, stripped-down rhythms from the fresh, open air of Potts Camp, MS, to the crowded room. As the audience took in Kimbrough’s beats from the drums, they were blessed by the powerful and mesmerizing voice of Damion “Yella P” Pearson’s harmonica. Kimbrough had grown up hearing the blues from his grandfather’s juke joint, and later taught himself to play.
Yella P. was also self-taught on the harmonica, first picking it up at age 13 and honing his style while listening to the blues on Beale Street.
Yella P takes us to school on the difference between ‘Hill Country’ Blues and ‘Memphis Style’ Blues, how Sesame Street was his inspiration for playing the harp, how he knew he was supposed to be playing with Cameron, what it was like recording in legendary Sun Studios, and a whole lot more!
Head over to www.memphissippisounds.com for all their tour dates and more!
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