"An Evening With The Blues Festival"
"As long as I'm playing, I'm happy."- Howl-N-Madd
Howl-N-Madd has been on the music seen for 50 years and he's nowhere near stopping. It started with his father winning his first guitar in a crap game to becoming a bluesman with world-wide name recognition and songs played across the world.
Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry was one of the main musical acts on European Blues Cruise 2016. Bill and his daughter 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.
Howl-N-Madd and Shy Perry were the headline act for "An Evening With The Blues" festival in Bolzano, Italy. They performed to sold out shows and had rave reviews on many radio, newspaper, and television stations like RAI.
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 mother always worked and she carried him on her cotton sack while she picked cotton in the fields long before he could walk. He worked in those same fields picking and chopping cotton. 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. He never learned how to read music, but did learn how to follow chord charts.
Like many African-American's, Howl-N-Madd's family moved up north to Chicago and that's where he really began to cut his teeth in music. At only 14 years old, he got the opportunity to play and record with gospel greats like the Clefs Of Calvary and The Salem Travelers. Howl-N-Madd recorded "Keep On Marching" with the Clefs of Calvary (HOB Records 268) and The Salem Travelers-“Wait On The Lord” with Chess Records. The Salem Travelers played at The Apollo Theatre for 12 days. He worked with Mildred Clark and the Melodyaires on ABC Records (Changing The World), Rev. Columbus Mann, Rev Earnest Franklin, The Violenaires, and Albertina Walker.
Howl-N-Madd was recording a session with Fontella Bass the day his son, Bill Perry Jr. was born. ("I'm Leaving The Choice To You" and "It Sure Is Good"- Jewel Paula Records). He's been married to his wife, Pauline Perry, for 49 years.
After 3 years of extensive travel across America, Howl-N-Madd decided to let the music take him in a different direction. The 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.
Howl-N-Madd went by the name Billy Easton in the 1960s and had a song that got major airplay called “I Was A Fool” with Dispo. He was one of the first people to be on the long running tv show Soul Train as Billy Easton. He led his own bands like Bill Perry and Rammit with Fantasy Records.
After a few years away from music while living in California, Howl-N-Madd decided to go back to his roots. He and his family moved to Mississippi where he joined a group called The Relaxations. He inspired his kids to play music and started a family band called The Perrys'. Howl-N-Madd was on lead guitar, his son Bill was on lead keys, his daughter Sharo played bass keyboard, and a drummer. The Perrys' performed for 5 months in Hong Kong, China and 3 months in Jakarta, Indonesia. They toured across America and played many festivals and tours. The Perrys' have 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 Mid-South.
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 and he helped educate many young children about the blues.
Howl-N-Madd produces, writes, and arranges all of his music and albums except The Clarksdale Sessions. Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry received two grants from MAC, Mississippi Arts Commission, totaling $6500 for the folks art fellowship and apprenticeship to help promote Shy Perry's album.
Reason I Sing The Blues
Got What It Takes
The Clarksdale Sessions
The Way Of Blues