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Meet Mojo Perry
As the founding father of the "Northern Sound", Mojo Perry is no stranger to the guitar. Beginning at age five, he quickly graduated to performing in taverns. Standing out among other guitarists in the area, he released his first recording at age 16. The material had Mojo’s distinct fingerprints, a signature sound, and showed exceptional potential. He was virtually always, and still can be, found in a recording studio laying down tracks and developing his craft.
Mojo’s first official label release came when he was 23. His brainchild, the "Wandering Gypsies", realized modest success with their record, "The Man". Having authored hits that are still engaging an ever- expanding audience, "The Man" provided Mojo a foundation for inspiration. Setting off on his own path, Mojo resolved to discover the true identity of his music. As a session guitarist in Chicago, he thrust himself into the Blues and often found himself backing well-known artists. All the while he worked aggressively to refine his Art and experiment with Psychedelic music in the studio and at live performances.
Identifying his style as the "Northern Sound", Mojo Perry’s first solo recording, aptly titled "Bookmaker", was released in 2000.The album proved to be a workhorse for Mojo and landed him in broader markets. Although he came from the blues, Mojo fused Psychedelic Rock with extreme acid overtones in live performances. His new recording proved that his vision of Psychedelic Blues Rock could be caught on tape. Several songs on “Bookmaker" are highly requested at shows and receive continued radio airplay.
Mojo then graduated from taverns and clubs to the festival circuit, once again sharing stages with artists previously out of his reach. He’s considered a favorite on the circuit for his wildly aggressive Psychedelic guitar playing and unerring passion. Yet, Mojo still remained true to his chosen creative path. His 2003 release, "Closer To The Far Away", made clear to new audiences and long time fans alike that he was distinct and cultivating something very different.
Blending Art, Blues, and Psychedelic Rock, and his unique style of guitar playing, Mojo Perry hit pay dirt. National and international attention progressed and his audience grew considerably. He performed his "Northern Sound" nationally and eventually caught the attention of guitar legend Chris Duarte, (Shrapnel Records). A friendship ensued, and they partnered to produce “Echoing Endlessly Inside My Head”. While it incorporated his typical fingerprint, the record once again demonstrated Mojo Perry’s unique ability to reinvent. Before fans could even ask, “What’s next?” Mojo released “Two Equals One”; a stripped down acoustic album that contained an unexpected, raw, sensitive, and brutally honest side of Mojo.
In 2011 Mojo Perry published “Absinthe Journeys”, and the album hit a home run! The release generated and intensified international recognition for its refined creativity, songwriting, and the distinct vibe that the album offered.
Between 2010 and 2012, Mojo Perry performed in bars, theatres, and concert halls in Thailand, Japan, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and more than 27 states in the USA; doing all the shows with his now world famous Cigar box Guitar, “Rosie”. His outlook for future record releases is at an all- time high. Fans can expect three releases in 2012. The first, titled “Milwaukee”, features collaboration with Chris Duarte, (Shrapnel Records), and Victor DeLorenzo, (Violent Femmes). The second in line, “Wonderland”; an Avant- Gard Psychedelic fusion album that will also include Chris Duarte and Victor DeLorenzo but will feature Dove Dewey, (Right From Rona) as well. The third, yet untitled, will drop late in 2012 or early 2013. With Mojo Perry’s history of reinvention from song to song and record to record, a huge explosion of Art and Creativity can be expected!
However, Mojo still considers his music to be "underground." Quoted in a 2008 interview in the "Underground Times" he stated, "I come from the underground and I will always be a part of the underground.” Many call him a revolutionary in the evolution of Blues… a 21st century blues man.