Bob Perilla Podcast

No CommentsMarch 24, 2011 by John

Listen to the entire interview with Bob Perilla, conducted by noted ethnomusicologist Mark Puryear.

Part 1:

Bob Perilla talks about growing up in Montgomery and Howard counties and about his first immersion into music. (5:06)

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Part 2:

Bob Perilla tells where he bought his first guitar; explains how his musical interests moved from rock to bluegrass. He also recalls the first time he attended a bluegrass performance. (5:15)

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Part 3:

Bob Perilla remembers where he first played bluegrass music in Montgomery County.  He also explains how the bluegrass tradition is passed onto younger generations, specifically through picking parties. (4:45)

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Part 4:

Bob Perilla explains the nature of picking parties and the development of the bluegrass repertoire. He also draws parallels between bluegrass and jazz. (5:57)

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Part 5:

Bob Perilla talks about his development as a singer; he also explains how learning the bluegrass repertoire, particularly the lyrics,  increased his viability on the bluegrass scene. He also talks about his first band, the Unstrung Heroes, and about the various clubs throughout the Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. area. (5:05)

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Part 6:

Bob Perilla continues talking about Unstrung Heroes; and he became even more knowledgeable about the nuances and history of bluegrass music and culture. (5:24)

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Part 7:

Bob Perilla talks about the original members of the Unstrung Heroes. He also talks about moving the Baltimore and its rich bluegrass scene. (5:11)

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Part 8:

Bob Perilla talks about playing bass while delving into the Baltimore bluegrass scene. He also talks his other bands, Evergreen and Jackstraw. (5:58)

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Part 9:

Bob Perilla continues talking about his band, Jackstraw; he also recalls his first professional recording, “Chesapeake Moon,” originally released on cassette.  Perilla also talks about gigging at Washington, D.C.’s nightclub, Madam’s Organ. (5:08)

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Part 10:

Bob Perilla talks about the formation of his Big Hillbilly Bluegrass band. (5:15)

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Part 11:

Bob Perilla recalls his experiences of playing at the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival in 2000, at Washington, D.C.’s Corcorcon Gallery of Art, and at the opening of the AFI (American Film Institute) in Silver Spring, Md. (5:14)

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Part 12:

Bob Perilla talks about his international tours to Armenia, Georgia and Tajikistan. (6:02)

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Part 13:

Bob Perilla talks about the challenges of recording contemporary bluegrass music. (5:24)

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Part 14:

Bob Perilla discusses ways that state and county agencies can help promote and develop arts within Montgomery County. (6:26)

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Part 15:

Bob Perilla talks about the importance of recognizing Montgomery County’s rich, multifaceted musical history. (2:20)

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John Murph is a renowned music/arts journalist and multimedia/interactive web producer.