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Al Perry

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Al at Vaudeville, Tucson, Spring 2002.

IMAGES: Cia Romano 2003

He's like an old-school preacher; timeless voice, stern demeanor, but a twinkle escapes those pale eyes once in a while. Laconic, ironic, dedicated to curating what used to be known as country and western, Al Perry is a testament to the best of live music in Tucson. Most local musicians belong to the Church of Al Perry, as do music lovers in Europe and Australia. As for the Tucson crowd, we've pretty much agreed that most of us are about one degree of separation removed from Al. He occasionally slips off to the Bay Area; everyone simply says, "He'll be back." They are always right.

OCCUPATION:

"Musician and composer."

QUOTE:

"If I gotta explain, you wouldn't understand."

BANDS:

"Al Perry."

OTHER CO-CONSPIRATORS:

"Dave Roads, bass player for almost 20 years! Other than that I have played with just about everyone in town."

LIFE STORY IN BRIEF:

"Grew up in Phoenix. Came down here to go to U of A. Started playing in bands. Never quit."

BORN IN:

"Good ol' Tucson, Arizona."

HOW LONG IN TUCSON:

"Forever, man."

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE TUCSON:

"Mañana."

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN ON THE LOCAL SCENE:

tell us!

CONNECTING POINTS:

"Club Congress, 7 Black Cats (RIP), Vaudeville, San Francisco Bar, The Grill, wherever."

ARTIFACTS:

"Many, many 45s, cassettes, LPs, CDs, comp appearances. All long out of print."

CONTACT:

PO Box 40421, Tucson, AZ 85717
alperry003@hotmail.com


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