BILL HOWLNMADD PERRY
Bill HowlNMadd Perry and Shy Perry
Billy Joe Perry (better known as) Howl-N-Madd was born August 20th, 1947 in Tula, MS. Howl-N-Madd's slave ancestors lived in the same shack where he was born. His father was a sharecropper and pulp wood hauler. But his dad's real job was moonshining. Making moonshine was a tradition in Howl-N-Madd's family. His dad, grandfather, and great grandfather made whiskey. That's how Howl-N-Madd got the first guitar he ever owned. His dad won it in a crap game from a man named Ned Bowles, the man who inspired him to play guitar.
Howl-N-Madd's family moved up north to Chicago and that's where he really began to cut his teeth in music. He started performing in Gospel and then moved to Blues. Little Milton Campbell gave the young Howl-N-Madd his first opportunity to sing and play professionally in a blues band. He's had an extremely impressive career working with musicians like Johnnie Taylor, Little Johnnie Taylor, Freddie King, Cash McCall, and T-Bone Walker to name a few.
He has entertained many through-out the years at the Sunflower Festival, Dodgeville Blues Fest, Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, MS Valley Fest in Davenport, and music festivals through-out the country. Howl-N-Madd and Shy Perry were the headline act for "An Evening with The Blues" festival in Bolzano, Italy.
Howl-N-Madd was in the movie thriller “Way Of War” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. His album called "Way Of Blues" reached #2 at Radio Blues Intense in France. "Way Of Blues" won “The Coolest Blues Song of The Year Award." He was in an episode of The Gene Simmons Family Jewels where he played the devil at the crossroads. Howl-N-Madd, his son Bill Perry, Jr., and daughter Shy Perry had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center after the documentary film "True Delta", by Erickson Blakney and Lee Quinby. You can view the True Delta Macaulay Promo at https://vimeo.com/55111095.
Howl-N-Madd is noted on 3 Mississippi Blues Markers. The markers are on the Oxford Square, in front of the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, and Po' Monkey's located in Merigold, MS. He is also the subject of an exhibit at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. He was a music teacher at the Delta Blues Museum for 5 years.
Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry is a music veteran and he's been on the scene for 50 years. His career spans across many musical genres, but he's at home with the blues.
Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry and Shy Perry travel extensively as a duet and full band. They were recently one of the main musical acts on the European Blues Cruise 2016 that sailed on the Mediterranean Sea from Marseille, France to Naples, Rome, and Bastia, Italy. Bill and Shy performed in Marseille and had 5 shows on the ship Croisieres De France.
Bill and Shy were on a month long tour where they travelled to Phoenix, AZ and performed at The Rhythm Room, Haywood/Russell Festival in Haywood, CA, and numerous clubs in New Mexico and Colorado.
*Each of Howl-N-Madd's CDs went to #1 on Bill Wax Bluesville Picks to Click
2011-The Blues Is Not Exclusive
2009 - Way of Blues
2007 - Jook Joint Jump
2006 - Reason I Sing the Blues
2003 - Casino Dream
2003 - Blues Singer - Buddy Guy (this album wona Grammy Award)
1999 - Got what It Takes - The Perry's
1997 - VooDoo Charm - The Perry's
1994 - Wake Up - The Perry's
1988 - Guitar Man - The Relaxations, for BlueMoon Records
1974 - The Salem Travelers - ABCPeacock