Dayton, OH native M Ross Perkins has been taping himself at home for well over a decade. But on his newest self-titled debut effort, he’s truly hit his stride in crafting effortless California psych grooves seasoned with British invasion guitars – and all with an achingly tuneful voice recalling Nilsson & Lennon. Clever lyrics and atmosphere for days.
Perkins has an interesting, if not peculiar past. His childhood home was on Dayton’s legendary Titus Avenue, five houses up from The Snake Pit, the basement studio of Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices). His early material was discovered in 2007 by the band MGMT, who offered a touring support slot at the peak of their breakout success. But Perkins declined the shows due to anxiety. He worked as Buffalo Killers’ roadie for their tours opening for The Black Crowes, and not long after ceremoniously burned an enormous back catalog of his recorded material during an intense LSD binge.
It’s little wonder then that for this release the influences of both psychedelic drugs and psych acts (such as Os Mutantes, Syd Barrett and The Beatles circa Magical Mystery Tour) would play heavily next to the sumptuous ’70s songcraft of the likes of Emitt Rhodes and Harry Nilsson. Perkins’ enigmatic and eccentric personality peers through these 12 organic and often hallucinogenic pop gems: songs that surely would’ve had the A&R reps at Apple Records feverishly scrambling for pen & signing papers back in ’72.
Perkins plays every instrument on this new record with no additional performing personnel, and also mixed and engineered the album himself in his home studio.
Charlie Ballantine Trio
Named Indianapolis' "Best Jazz Musician" of 2015 by NUVO Magazine, Charlie Ballantine, is a professional guitarist who performs regularly around the midwest. Charlie has been a featured artist at notable events such as the Penrod Art Festival and The Indianapolis Jazz Festival and is a frequent performer at renowned jazz clubs such as The Jazz Kitchen and The Chatterbox. He also holds a degree in jazz studies from Indiana University where he studied under Corey Christiansen, David Baker, and many others. His music stems from the traditions of folk, jazz, and blues music with influences such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix.
In early 2015 Charlie released his debut album "Green" which earned him local acclaim as well as being very well recieved nationally. Charlie's sophmore album "Providence" was released in May of 2016 and has helped him develop even more of a presence on the national level through reviews from a wide variety of publications (Vintage Guitar Magazine, Absolute Sound, Midwest Record) as well as making it into the top 100 on the jazz radio chart and being played on hundreds of stations worldwide.