The originators of Heavy Electric Southern Soul; The Zak Perry Band!
Just as advances in technology have changed the way we make and listen to music, so too has time changed the look of the minstrel. However, in the truest sense of the word, the songwriters of today are our contemporary minstrels. Whether they travel via van, tour bus, Learjet or virtually in cyberspace, they are nonetheless carrying on a tradition of and artistic gift that goes back thousands of years.
It is unlikely that the first word that comes to mind when listening to one of Zak Perry's songs or watching the Zak Perry Band perform live is "minstrel". Yet, true to the meaning of the word, that’s what he (and subsequently the band) is. Since writing his first song "Jesus Is Calling" at the age of 13, Zak Perry has spent his lifetime learning, honing and mastering his craft; taking those universal tales that we all know, but telling the story in his own way, filling it in according to his own experiences. Or as we call today: songwriting.
Along with him throughout most of this journey and almost as a testament to songs which they serve to support, fellow guitarist and B3 player Vern Vennard & drummer Jason Charron have both dedicated most of thire musical careers to playing with The Zak Perry Band. Collectively, they have been with Zak Perry for more than 15 years; an unbelievable amount of time in the world of struggling musicians. With the recent addition of bass guitar powerhouse Chris Hughes, the Zak Perry Band is now firing on all cylinders; fine tuning their own genre, of Heavy Electric Southern Soul; a uniquely matched combination of rock, blues, soul, gospel, country and funk.
Their timeless songs, singing guitars, thundering drums and lock-down low-end are perfectly matched and truly poised to blow you away.