AL LERMAN is a veteran bluesman with a highly personal style, able to move seamlessly through the windows of Country Blues, Chicago Blues, Soul Blues, Americana and New Orleans Blues. With a great knowledge of the blues tradition on both harmonica and guitar, he brings that sensibility to songs that are written about his own contemporary life and times. His soulful playing, blowing and singing coupled with his wry and thoughtful songwriting make him an engaging and hypnotic solo performer. He is considered among the top harmonica players in the country, and he has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions. Al was founder and leader of the much-loved band FATHEAD, and worked with them from 1992-2016, garnering two JUNO AWARDS. After years of writing for FATHEAD and his own solo recordings, Al has a legacy of songs that few Canadian blues artists can match. In 2016 he 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. His newest album “Northern Bayou” was released on April 12, 2019, where it remained on the Top Ten Canadian Album Chart for over six months. It charted internationally and ranked #4 in Canada on the annual Roots Music's Radio Top 200 Blues Recordings of 2019.
-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/