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Ross William Perry / Bio

Ross William Perry is a driven and focused musician whose style is rooted in tradition and spread further by reaching beyond what would be expected from the categorized blues rock genre he’s placed in.

His debut album It'll All Make Sense was released in 1999. Featuring 10 original songs, his backing musicians included Blues Hall of Fame inductee Lonnie Brooks’ rhythm section. This debut record instantly earned rave reviews in Blues Access and Blues Revue Magazines, as well as gaining strong local and nation radio play. Blues Deluxe Radio or Arlington, Texas had this to say: "He's only 19, but he sure plays like a seasoned veteran." Live: Blues In Greenville was his second disc, released in 2000. Recorded in the Northwest Iowa town of Greenville, this recording serves as a snapshot in time of his ever evolving live show. Included on this disc are a number of cover tunes in addition to four original songs. Blues Revue had this to say: "Not yet of drinking age, Perry has great road-dog instinct. Anybody who leads a release with a blasting cover of surf hymn "Pipeline" knows how to stoke a crowd. Perry's sweat-soaked leads have punk-rock energy and classic Texas electric blues intensity." His third album, The Move was released in 2003. Again containing ten original tunes, this disc helped to further cement his reputation as an original guitarist and songwriter. The tour support for this record also brought about further expansion of his live show territories - moving out beyond the previous central hub of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Gordon Baxter of Blues On Stage wrote: "The Move is a solid album, and Ross William Perry is an accomplished guitarist. If you like your blues served up with a fair sized helping of rock, then The Move fits the ticket.” His most recent release …To The Other Side (2011) is a collection of 10 original songs steeped in the power rock trio tradition of the late 60’s. As in line with his previous albums, Ross continues to refine his musical direction and voice that is distinctively his own. Recorded at three of the top notch Minneapolis studios using vintage recording gear and techniques, this record captures the heavy and earthy organic tone demonstrated in his live shows.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Ross William Perry has been playing guitar for the past 29 years. Brought up in a musical and artistic family, he got his first guitar at age 4. Inspired by hearing his father and friends play guitars around the house, he soon started to learn basic chords and surf guitar tunes taught to him by his dad. A favorite memory from all of those years back is playing and singing along to the Monkees television show re-runs. Soon after he began teaching himself classic rock tunes and then moving onto blues guitar after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan. He spent his high school summer vacation months sneaking into the local Twin Cities clubs to jam and receive both inspiration and guidance from the local blues veterans. His last two years of high school found him playing in various bands during the weekend nights honing his craft. As soon as graduating high school, he formed his own band and began working on his original tunes which would later be captured on his debut album It‘ll All Make Sense.

Ross has stacked up a long list of career highlights, an abbreviated list of these include opening shows for REO Speedwagon, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, Jeff Healey, Pat Travers, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bernard Allison in addition to performing at many of the local and regional festivals and clubs.

General Info

Artist Name
Ross William Perry
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/rosswilliamperry
Genres
Blues

Contact Info

Location
Minneapolis, MN