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by Ross William Perry

Guitar driven blues rock heavily influenced by late 60's power trios.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Underneath Your Flame
2:13 $0.99
2. Never on Time
3:17 $0.99
3. Over You
4:08 $0.99
4. Diamond
3:57 $0.99
5. Giddy Up
2:58 $0.99
6. Tears
2:50 $0.99
7. Love Me
3:21 $0.99
8. Going out Walking
2:22 $0.99
9. Katie (She's Everything Right)
2:30 $0.99
10. Hot Little Date
2:37 $0.99
11. Pretreat
2:00 $0.99
12. Jerry's Song
2:44 $0.99
13. Reprise
4:27 $0.99
14. Snowfall
3:08 $0.99
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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 fifth and latest release simply titled “Open” (2016), is a collection of 14 original songs in a continuation of his ever evolving songwriting and performance style. It includes the instrumental composition “Giddy Up”, which he wrote as a tribute to one of his significant musical influences, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, shortly after his passing. This track was recorded by Andre Moran in May of 2016 at the famed Congress House Studios in Austin, Texas. Co/produced by Tommy Taylor (Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson, Will Sexton, Jake Andrews) who also plays drums and percussion on the track, it features Bukka Allen, keyboards (Will Sexton, Ian Moore, BoDeans, Joe Walsh...) and Glenn Fukunaga, bass (Lou Ann Barton, Robert Plant, Joe Ely, Bob Dylan, Dixie Chicks) in addition to the engineering and mixing skills of Mark Hallman best known for his work with Carole King, Ani DiFranco, Sara Hickman, Iain Matthews, Eliza Gilkyson, Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Vaughan, Kelly Willis, Junior Brown and many others. Other tracks on the album bend the listeners ear towards some of Ross’ s other influences such as Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Red Hot Chili Peppers, ZZ Top and the Rolling Stones. With this album focusing further on the songwriting element, there is still plenty guitar in there to be heard. The recording studio was used to an advantage - creating many textures and sonic layers, some of which may not be so obvious at first pass. From the dancing pick scrapes in Never On Time, the synthesizer like volume swells of Over You, the subtle oveture referenced passage at the beginning of Giddy Up, the droning guitar line in Katie (She's Everything Right). Every instrument and every part a delicate but deliberate dance. Listen to each track again and you may notice something new tweaking your ear each time.

Ross William Perry: all lead vocals and guitars, bass guitar tracks 8, 9, 10, 11, 13
Marc Bohn: drums and percussion track 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13
Jared Camic: bass guitar tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 background vocals tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9
Zach Schmidt: drums tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Tommy Taylor: drums, percussion and co-production track 5
Glen Fukinaga: bass guitar track 5
Bukka Allen: piano and organ track 5
Recorded at: Home Bass Studio, Minnetonka, MN and Engineered by John R. Hartley on tracks: 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13
Recorded at: BNC Studio, Hugo, MN and Engineered by Darly Bolicek on tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14
Recorded at: Congress House Studio, Austin, TX and Engineered by Andre Moran and Mark Hallman on track 5
All songs Mixed and Mastered by Mark Hallman at Congress House Studio, Austin, TX
Photography: Deb Chial Artwork: Anna DePagter, Copy Cats Media
All songs written by Ross William Perry
All songs published by SHINEYTUNES, BMI
Ross is endorsed by GHS Strings Thank you to my family, friends and fans for supporting me over the years with doing this music/musician thing. Also a big thank you to all of the past and present musicians that have shared stage, studio and road time with me. All of you involved with this project: you are all tops - let’s do it again!
P.O. Box 27396 Golden Valley, MN 55427

His debut album It'll All Make Sense was released in 1999. Featuring 10 original songs, his backing musicians included the rhythm section of Blues Hall of Fame inductee Lonnie Brooks. 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 4th 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, this current release finds Ross continuing to refine his musical direction and voice that is distinctively his own. Recorded at three top notch 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 32 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 those early years is playing and singing along to re runs of the Monkees television show. 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 fest ivals and clubs.



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