The new album by Texas songman Dustin Perkins is the most musically sophisticated and ambitious work of his stellar 4-year career. Perkins has always been a passionate writer and performer, but he raised the bar to its highest notch when creating WORDS.
“This album means everything to me,” he said. “I’ve got my heart, my soul, and my guts all poured into it, not to mention my last dime and everything I could beg, borrow, and steal. Iv’e got, essentially, every part of my being involved in this record.”
Perkins represents the “Tex-Next” genre of young artists combining traditional Texas Music with a contemporary spirit. He practically lived at SG Studios in Fort Worth for the better part of a 3 months while recording these songs with producer/musician Greg White.
The result is an amazing album filled with inventive musicians creating a body of work that’s commercial enough to sell, while remaining steeped in the indie spirit that Perkins embodies.
WORDS veers seamlessly from pop to country to blues without ever losing the rootsy vibe that Perkins instills in everything he does. And he’s in top voice here, singing from his core on every song. You can almost hear his heartbeat coming through the mix.
With the release of WORDS, Perkins kicks off his accompanying Bag of Bones Tour on Aug. 17 in a most unusual manner – hitting the road with nothing but $100 in his pocket, a full tank of gas, his guitar and CDs to “see if it is possible for a man to survive off nothing but his music.”
More on the tour to come (it’s going to be a crazy fun adventure and videologue).
But for now, please give WORDS a listen and witness the continued growth of a man possessed by music.
Drums- Nick Diomedes, John Martinez
Percussion- Nick Diomedes
Bass- Rich Stanmyre
Electric Guitar- Brian Kelley, Greg White, Dustin Perkins, Steve Rhian
Keys- Chan Horton, Greg White, Dustin Perkins
Programming- Greg White, Dustin Perkins
Vocals- Dustin Perkins
Background Vocals- Shaniqua Williams, Greg White, Dustin Perkins, Sandy Perkins, Sharon Whiting, Roxanne Poe, Howard Strause (Gramps)
Professional Clappers and Wooers- Lindsey Howie, Jake Crownover, Matt Ayres, Jessica Jones
Engineers- Greg White (Assistant Jessica Jones)
Additional Engineers- Jessica Jones, Ben Rice
All songs written by Dustin Perkins (BMI), with the following collaborations:
Nothing Like You- Dustin Perkins (BMI), Chase Sanford, Colton Gilbreath
Mr. Dream Man- Dustin Perkins (BMI), Howard Strause
Knock Knock- Dustin Perkins (BMI), Chris Griffith
Get Better- Dustin Perkins (BMI), Greg White (BMI)
Forgotten Dreams- Dustin Perkins (BMI), Chase Sanford
Linda’s Song- Dustin Perkins (BMI), Forrest Morris
Produced by Greg White and Dustin Perkins
Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters
Recorded and Mixed by Greg White at SG Studios in Fort Worth, Texas
Artwork, layout, and design by Brandon Hayman
2013 Dustin Perkins Music. All rights reserved.
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