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Mitch Perry Group – Music Box

If you’re reading this you are probably well aware of the resume that Mitch Perry carries with him, but if you haven’t laid eyes on the long list of musicians that Perry has been involved with, let’s just say you’ll need a few days to go over it. He’s played with everyone from Cher and Charlie Daniels to Lita Ford and Joe Bonamassa. He’s one of the most sought after guitarists in the world because he’s been one of the greatest for more than four decades.

So, what does a guy that plays for so many acts over so many genres play for his own solo album? That was the first question I had when I heard about Music Box. Whenever I’ve heard Perry play, the music has always had a ton of feel. Even on the most sterile and rigid sessions, he seems to add a heartbeat to each note he plays. I expected to hear a record that had heart and soul and be primarily rooted in the rock genre, and that’s exactly what I got.

The album starts with a song called “Saint Valentine,” and it has a strong and gritty male lead vocal, soulful female backup voices, a tambourine, and the sweet trill of a Hammond B3 organ. From that rock and soul of the opening track, the listener is transported to a beautiful and uplifting ballad called “Believe”. It’s one of those “arms spread wide on the top of the mountain”-type songs, and it is perfectly executed here. Aside from Perry’s masterful guitar work, the vocals on this record are a real highlight. When those killer vocal chops blend with Perry’s incredible guitar chops, the results are spectacular. My favorite tracks on the record are “In The Morning” and “Soul Stare,” both of which have this winning combination on full display. 

One of the things that really makes this record stay interesting is the variation in vocals. We get a male lead, a female lead, a duet style, and we even hear Perry take on vocal duties on a bluesy cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Jumping Jack Flash”. All of that vocal diversity makes the record adventurous and fun.

Mitch Perry is known for his immense guitar skill, but he is also a tremendous keyboard player. Along with keyboardist Dave Schultz, Perry adds the nervous bellowing of the Hammond B3 organ on songs like “Saint Valentine,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Pack It Up And Go,” and “The Pain”. That keyboard sound and vibe gives these songs a deep classic feel. But as you might expect, the big draw here is the guitar playing. It’s a whole different level of music when you get a player like Mitch Perry delivering the goods. There are guitar highlights in each track, but I would urge you to listen to “I Still Miss You” to get the impact of exactly what this guy is capable of. The song is a slow burn blues track with all the feels. Every note is passionate and soulful, and it all culminates in one of the best solos you’ll ever hear. It’s jaw-dropping. I can’t begin to describe it. You just have to hear it. Wow.

Mitch Perry likes to listen to classic rock and feels like he has to listen to songs that are 30something years old to satisfy his appetite. He wanted to write his own classic rock record for the modern day, and he called it Music Box. Well, bravo Mitch, you’ve done just that. Anybody looking for viby, soulful, and rippin’ classic rock should look no further into the past than this record.



Photo by Natalia Britt

Mitch Perry took the time to talk to the Dr. Music website about his latest solo effort Music Box, and some of the highlights of his career that spans more than 40 years. He even tells a great drinking story from his time with Edgar Winter! 

Click the play button on the player below and hear Mitch discuss his most challenging gig, his influences, who he'd like to play with, and some of his most memorable moments over the years!

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