Bill Perry

High Octane

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This independent release captures Bill Perry live at one of New York's most authentic blues venues, Manny's Car Wash. His band is rocking and raw, pounding out five Perry originals, Elmore James's "Dust My Broom," Jane Feather's "How Blue Can You Get," and a Bo Diddley-style version of "Johnny B. Goode." One hears Jimi Hendrix's influence not only in Perry's high-octane guitar playing, but also in the inclusion of "All Along the Watchtower" and "Little Wing."

Perry's voice and songs are very much in the classic blues-rock mold of the Allman Brothers and Stevie Ray Vaughan. There's even a hint here and there of early AC/DC. Nothing terribly original - just rock-solid electric blues in a whiskey-soaked live setting.