Ross William Perry Band joins the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival

Friday, December 28, 2012

Returning to the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will be the popular blues guitarist, Ross William Perry and his band. They will be playing at the Cherokee Bowl on Friday, Jan. 18 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Twin Cities' guitar sensation Ross William Perry has been making waves on the blues scene throughout the Midwest for the past 7 years.

Ross' musical education began at the age of 4 when he got his first guitar. He spent many nights tucked away in the kitchen of his dad's bar listening to the live music in the other room and playing along with the bands. One night when he was 7, one of the bands heard him playing and insisted he join them.

"I reluctantly got up on stage," recalled Ross, "and played 'Pipeline' and 'Walk Don't Run' with them. I'll never forget it, my knees were shaking so much I had to sit down to play."

When Ross got off stage his dad asked him if he was nervous, and he said "yeah." Then he asked Ross if he wanted to do it again, and he replied, "YEAH!" Ross was smitten. At that point he knew that this is what he wanted to do. An early fascination with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and the Yardbirds led him to discover the roots of their music. He began listening to Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, T. Bone Walker and Hound Dog Taylor and absorbed their music like a sponge.

Since graduating from high school in 1998 and forming his own band, Ross has been hitting the clubs and touring the Midwest almost non-stop, developing an enthusiastic following along the way.

After joining Debbie Davies on stage one night, she had this to say about Ross - "I've played with most of the young, up and coming guitarists, but Ross just might be one of the best ever."

Pub Crawls Friday, Jan.18:

* Student Music Clinic with Jim Oatts Quintet, Cherokee Middle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* The Northwest Iowa Musicians at The Copper Cup from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

* Kelsey Klingensmith and The Buffalo Ridge Band will be performing at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.

* Chad Elliott and Bonita Crowe will be at The Gasthaus from 9 p.m. to midnight.

* Ross William Perry Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.

* Jim Oatts Family Jazz will be at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.