AL LERMAN Bio Summary
Bluesman AL LERMAN is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He was founder and leader of the 2X Juno Award winning band FATHEAD, and along the way built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. An engaging and skilled artist, his shows often feature humorous anecdotes interspersed between great blues songs. He is regarded among the top harmonica players in the country and his prowess on the instrument has earned him no less than ten Maple Blues Award nominations in that instrument category. He has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. In 2016 his standout "Slow Burn" disc made the esteemed world-wide list of Top 100 Blues Albums Of The Year. That same year he also garnered a Maple Blues Award nomination for "Acoustic Act Of The Year". In 2017 he received a Recognition Award for “Leadership In Arts & Culture” from the County of Peterborough. A full-time musician for over forty years with an impressive catalogue of well crafted songs, Al casts a magical spell on his audience wherever he goes.
-John Taylor, Blinded By Sound
“Lerman, a super harp player, singer and guitaristhas assembled a cool all acoustic set he should be proud of.”
-B-Man’s Blues Report, USA
"With no-one to lean on up there, he takes right over, and puts on the kind of show you want as a blues fan, a great voice and fine playing."
"For those looking for great acoustic blues, Al Lerman is a must!"
"An album in which one of Canada's best harp players, singer/songwriters sits down and offers up a stunning twelve song performance. One ofmyfavourites so far for this year."
-John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network
"One of Canada's finest examples of how good blues harp should be played... and a solid reminder of his skills as a songwriter. You'll find many highlights here asAlstuts his stuff. Lerman is a hard-working musician who proves himself worthy of his rightful piece of the pie.
-Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada
"A solid back porch/organic effort, this old pro has been in the game too long to show up with less than his A game. Sounding like it came from the swamps of Canada, this just might well be the great north equivalent of Tony Joe White. Check it out."
-Midwest Record Review, USA http://www.midwestrecord.com/
"Wry and tender from beginning to end. It’s a big thumbs-up for anyone who likes a little originality. Al Lerman is a troubadour of the first order."
-Blues Blast magazine, USA http://www.bluesblastmagazine.
-La Hora Del Blues, Spain http://www.lahoradelblues.com/
His voice is wonderfully rough and tumbled, and he mixes it well with the harp on lazy and slinky pieces like "It Takes All Night Long" and "Gonna Have To Wait". The band can boogie as well as Lerman picks and grins like a juke joint junkie. Lots of good smouldering sounds here."
-Jazz Weekly http://www.jazzweekly.com/2016/09/al-lerman-slow-burn/