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Young guitar phenom

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Builds SL fan following

Ross William Perry has been playing guitar most of his life. That doesn't say much considering that he's only 22 years old - unless you've heard him play.

Perry along with drummer Scotty Schultz and bassist Brad Pelke played to a standing room only crowd at J.J.'s lounge in Storm Lake on Saturday the 5th of October. Judging by the enthusiasm of the crowd, it would be safe to say that they were well received.

Perry's musical message is simple - keep the blues alive. The band mixes songs from blues legends as well as their own together with such tightness that it's hard to tell sometimes where a Perry song ends and another artist's song begins.

Talking to all three members of the band is in some ways like listening to a broken (blues) record. "We play three or so nights each week, but we'd like to play more than that if we could," Perry said. Bassist Brad Pelke noted, "It's all about playing music and having a good time doing it, and we are."

When I asked drummer Scotty Schultz how he was doing, a large smile enveloped his face as he said, "As long as I'm up there playing drums, I'm great."

To date, Perry has released two CD's, "It'll All Make Sense" & "Live Blues in Greenville," recorded in that local community. "We have plans to begin recording another CD early in 2003," Perry said. "Playing is the most important thing to us right now, but we plan on recording some new songs soon."

Listening to Perry play the guitar is one thing, watching him play is another. His playing is smooth, tight and pure. He moves from song to song without effort and his guitar licks are as good as they get. Perry told me that basically in person, he's very shy, "unless I have a guitar in my hand", he quipped.

The Ross William Perry band will return to J.J.'s in Storm Lake for a concert the night before Thanksgiving. J.J.'s owner, Bruce Carlson, says, "People need to come out and see these guys play to believe it."

All the members of the band are friendly, very assessable to talk to and it's easy to see how much they enjoy what they do by watching them interact with the audience and each other. Simply put, the band likes playing the blues - and they're very good at it.