b. 25 November 1946, Southampton, Hampshire, England. In the early 60s Pearce sang in R&B bands in his home-town, later starting to play harmonica and shifting his repertoire into the blues. He then taught himself to play guitar and was soon in demand at Southampton clubs. From the start of the 70s, he played often with visiting American blues artists, absorbing ideas and style. He has played in bands led by several noted bluesmen and has also appeared as a solo act and bandleader in his own right. Among musicians with whom he has worked are Mighty Flea, Jimmy Dawkins, Lowell Fulson, Phil Guy, ‘Little’ Willie Littlefield, Robert Lockwood, Big Joe Louis (touring in duo in 1999), Johnny Shines and Sunnyland Slim.
Pearce has toured the UK and also visited Eire, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Italy, playing clubs and festivals. In 1996, he visited the USA, playing dates in Louisiana and Texas and performing with local bluesmen, such as John ‘Pee Wee’ Calvin. During this visit, Pearce was recorded by Havic Records. Pearce writes original material, albeit couched in the traditional form, and among his compositions are ‘What’s Wrong With The World’, ‘15 Minutes’, ‘It’s Up To You To Make The Change’, ‘Think Of Someone Who Loves You’, ‘I’ll Be Coming Home’, ‘Confused’, ‘That Was Then This Is Now’ and ‘Some Things Never Change’.