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This legend of popular music was born and raised in Texas, and learned to play Hawaiian steel guitar at the age of 9.  Playing in West Texas bands throughout the sixties, it wasn’t until his release from the US Army Reserves in the early seventies that his musical career took off with California Country Rockers Shiloh. Perkins found himself hired to play in the new incarnation of The Flying Burrito Brothers and recorded the seminal live album The Last of the Red Hot Burritos in 1972. The band splintered, and Perkins along with former Byrd Chris Hillman joined Manassas.  Led by Stephen Stills, they were one of the most talented units in music at the time. Equally at home with Latin jams, rock, blues, country, folk, and bluegrass, they were one of the most versatile outfits in rock history.  Al Perkins continues to tour and record, and is well known for his work with Nashville’s rising star Kevin Montgomery in his all-star band the Road Trippers. He has played and toured with artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Cher, Rita Coolidge, Dan Fogelberg and Dwight Yoakham yet he manages to share around his time, appearing with long-time associate Chris Hillman (most recently at the Nashville Americana Awards Ceremony), with the recently reformed Mason Proffit, led by Terry Talbot, and with veteran country singer Michael Martin Murphey.  A recent highlight of Perkins’ long career was his appearance on stage alongside Keith Richards and a host of stars at the Gram Parsons tribute show in California in the summer of 2004.

Grammy Awards:

  • 1991 - Best Bluegrass Album
  • 1992 - Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
  • 1997 - Producer on Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album