Texas Music Magazine ~ January '07

Paul Pearcy

Come and Take It

  Austin's Paul Pearcy has spent his entire career to date keeping the beat for some of Texas' best songwriters, including Terri Hendrix, Darden Smith and Jerry Jeff Walker. He's played on more records than most people probably own, and even produced a keeper or two. But Come and Take It is his first trip to the front of the stage to claim his own bit of spotlight, and it's good enough to make one wonder why he took so damned long. Naturally, he enlists the services of some other A-list Austin sidemen, including Richard Bowden, Glenn Fukunaga and Bob Livingston, but Pearcy himself ably handles a lot more than just drumsticks here. His singing is casual and a little craggy, but warm and full of character -- the perfect instrument for such spry, clever and tuneful original songs as "Psychobabylon" and "Little Wheel" (which he dedicates "to all sidemen everywhere"). But the biggest surprise (and pleasure) is the one cover, Townes Van Zandt's "To Live's to Fly." Taking what is arguably one of the finest songs ever written, Pearcy shakes the dust off its sacred wings and completely reinvents it as a Buddy Holley-style rave-up. That takes balls. But as Pearcy puts it best in his own "Damage Alley," "I'm a self-contained mofo!"

--- Richard Skanse