Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry is one of North Mississippi’s best kept secrets, but that should certainly not be the case. With his productive and diverse background, Perry is a musician who knows how to rock a juke using only his guitar, foot and voice. Perry obtained his musical start playing gospel and was recorded by Chess Records. He’s toured with such renowned gospel greats as Shirley Ceasar and The Five Blind Boys, graced many famous stages like The Apollo, and hit the road with such Blues luminaries as Little Milton, Freddy King, and T-Bone Walker. He even took second place in the solo/duo competition of the International Blues Challenge a few years back.
“I’m not your typical bluesman,” Perry told an interviewer. “I’m stable and in a stable marriage for many years, so I don’t sing about love lost and things. I look around me and see what I see and write about it and sing about it. The sounds that Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Charlie Patton and all that stuff that they was playing, I have tried to take and borrow from that and add in my own special blend of experience over the years.”
It is very rare to have a musician like Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry play in our part of the country, so you should definitely make a point in catching his performance at The Birk, 11139 Highway 202, Birkenfeld, OR, on Saturday, April 4, 7:00 pm. Come out and experience some true Mississippi blues.