Posted by: Craig Woolheater on March 2nd, 2011
Most of us know the importance of honesty and integrity. Perley Curtis is no stranger to these words either, as nothing but a pure, honest love for traditional country music flows from this gentleman’s songs. Curtis is not a native of the south, however, while growing up in Maine, the young Curtis developed a love of country music and its legends like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. After first picking up a guitar at age eight, he played his first paying gig when he was just nine years old – at his uncle’s wedding reception.
In the years following, Curtis performed in bluegrass bands throughout New England then moved to Nashville in 1988. Since his move to Music City, this singer/songwriter/musician has performed in bands of his own and has also earned a reputation as a skilled dobro and steel guitarist, performing with artists such as: Holly Dunn, Becky Hobbs, Johnny Paycheck, Connie Smith, The Reno Brothers, Del Reeves, Loretta Lynn, Trace Adkins and most recently Charlie Louvin. Curtis feels that moving to Nashville was a definite turning point in his career, “All of my greatest accomplishments have happened since I moved to Nashville.”
Although multi-talented, Curtis is clear to focus his efforts on his own career as a recording artist. His first CD, Heartbreak Town, showcased his no-frills vocal style and dobro expertise. The ten song CD is packed with tales of Americana. Recording artist Becky Hobbs was quick to praise this work, “From the toe-tapping title cut to the haunting ‘Love Without Walls,’ the songs on Heartbreak Town shine like pebbles in a mountain stream.” Curtis’ latest self-titled CD is more of the same. True blue country music fans will not be disappointed.
Curtis enjoys looking back on his many successes, counting his six-year tour with Loretta Lynn and a recent tour with Charlie Louvin as a career highlights. “Loretta and Charlie were influences of mine growing up, so it was certainly an honor to be on the road with them.” Today, Perley is focusing on his solo/touring career. He is also in the beginning stages for a new duet CD with his wife, Erin Hay, and is looking forward to finishing it. Rest assured, it will be traditional country music. “It has always been my desire to be an artist. I’ve performed all over the world as a dobro and steel guitar player for other artists, but now it’s my turn to shine.”Perley Curtis