About Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
Born in the tiny town of Tula, Mississippi, Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry has been a fixture in the Delta blues scene for the over 40 years, playing at festivals and in clubs all over the US and internationally.
Bill recently emerged on the national and international landscape. In January 2010, he took 2nd Place in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge solo/duo division against competition from five continents. 2009 saw him playing festivals from Toronto to Oakland, in addition to many regional festivals across the southeast USA.
His latest CD, Way of the Blues, was included on Top 50 album lists across the country, and his song "Five Dollars and a Dime" has received international acclaim. Writing on his cut "Jook Joint Jump" from an earlier CD, one reviewer called it "instantly infectious; at its heart an old-time barroom rocker with a passing resemblance to Sam Cooke's 'Twistin' the Night Away.' Perry and drummer Eric Fowler roar through this vision of party heaven, a place where the music cooks, the booze flows, and the crowd just keeps jukin'."
Bill also serves as an instructor at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and worked with B.B. King in workshops at Mississippi Valley State University.
In the movie Way of War starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Bill plays the part of a Washington D.C. nightclub owner. He acts in several scenes with Mr. Gooding and also performs his original music in the film. Bill also appeared in Gene Simmons' Family Jewels TV show as both actor and performer.
Internationally recognized and ready to light up any stage with his awesome live show, Bill Perry is a great blues performer that can add excitement to any event.