Jackson – What a rare opportunity to perform 22 years with one of modern music’s legends. What a rare opportunity to work closely for over 20 years with members of your own family. What a special life has graced Jackson’s Stan Perkins, son of Carl Perkins.
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Today that life seems to have found a new quality, a sense of self and satisfaction that sometimes eludes you in the midst of youth and the bustle of life on the road. Now Stan Perkins is able to be himself, yet also pay tribute to the music legacy that gives potential magic to anything “Perkins.”
Stan, whose presence highlighted last year’s RockabillyFest 2000, has hit his stride performing classic rockabilly material. Over three weeks in Australia earlier this year put Perkins on tour with an outstanding band dedicated to the traditional rockabilly sound. (The weeks in Australia also produced a Stan Perkins CD that rockabillytennessee hopes to profile in the near future.) Perkins, who said he thoroughly enjoyed Australia, plans to return there for more performances next year.
Perkins is also working to expand his base into Europe. Appearing there on many occasions with his father, Stan is currently set for appearances in Great Britain in April 2001 with artist Narvel Felts, among others.
Stan, who performed with Narvel earlier this year in Missouri, said Felts was a tribute to artists “who don’t smoke and take care of themselves.” Narvel, now in his 60’s, proved to everyone at RockabillyFest 2000 that he can still hit every note in every song he’s ever recorded.
Coming up the 27th of October, Stan will appear in Memphis for a Sam Phillips’ tribute for the Arthritis Foundation. This Peabody Hotel event came through work by Stan with the legendary Scottie Moore. Moore and Perkins hit the stage together for the first time in a recent Mississippi appearance with Ronnie McDowell. (Ronnie, from Portland, Tennessee, works his Elvis shows with the Jordanaires, Scottie Moore and others. His show is a tribute show featuring Elvis music without the imitation elements of impersonators.) Scottie Moore recommended Stan’s inclusion in the Memphis Phillips’ show and plans to perform with Stan during that show.
This welcomed connection to rockabilly legends is a confirmation, not just of the high esteem attached to Carl Perkins, but it’s also recognition of the talent and spirit of Stan Perkins. Stan is an experienced and quality performer and carries himself graciously. It’s a comfortable fit with the original rockabilly performers and a solid modern addition to their ranks.
Go Stan, Go!