Reuben Glaser and Jesse Ebaugh began performing together around the turn of the century as an acoustic ragtime and delta blues duo, learning from the likes of Reverend Gary Davis, Fred Mcdowell and Blind Willie Johnson. They eventually added electricity, drums, and a name, Pearlene. The band’s all-out, all-night style made instant waves in their native Cincinnati. As Glaser put it, ”The fact that people dance and get sweaty, sexy and crazy at our shows is the best payment. It's a kind of soul level communication that I don't know what I'd do without.