Earl “the Pearl” Banks
Earl “The Pearl” Banks was born in 1936 and started playing the Blues in 1957. Earl’s first Band Banks & the Blue Dots included James Edward Thomas (bass guitar), world famous song writer “Teenie” Hodges (guitar), Willie Moody (drums), and Leroy Hodges Sr. (piano). Earl’s dedication to the Blues kept going and next was the Blues Busters with Leroy Martin on guitar.
The Blues Busters recorded ‘Busted’ in 1986 on the High Water label. Look on Amazon.com for The Blues Busters ‘Busted music to download. Under The Fieldstones name, Earl once again shared guitar duties with Leroy Martin.
Earl “The Pearl” Banks has played the famous Beale Street for many years at B.B. Kings and Blues City Cafe just to name a few. Earl influenced many Guitar players from this area for 55 years and never turned his back on the Blues. Earl played the New Albany, New York festival for Don Wilcox, a famous Blues writer, and the Rosedale, MS Blues festival. Brad Webb played guitar for Earl and Blind Mississippi Morris.
Courtesy: The Memphis Blues Society