Vocalist/harp player Black Cherry Perry conceived the Mississippi Medicine Show in the fall of 2003 while on a trip to the Mississippi Delta, just south of Memphis.
Born near Ottawa, Canada and raised in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia, “I moved in with a house full of musicians, in Vancouver, after high school. I was a rock and roll lover with no musical background, but these guys introduced me to the blues. I was immediately captivated by the beauty of the music, and characters like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon, and their influence on bands like Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top.”
“I started writing songs, emulating Willie Dixon and trying to learn the vocal phrasing of Muddy Waters, jamming for years with local bands, eventually developing a repertoire of over 100 original songs.”
“In 2003, I had a life changing experience. 2003 was the 100th anniversary of WC Handy discovering and then publishing blues music. I took a trip to the Mississippi Delta, just south of Memphis, to see it all for myself. I met a gorgeous young gypsy woman in West Helena, Arkansas who completely changed everything for me. She told me about my past, my present and what my future could hold. I wrote a song while there called, ‘Big Momma’s Kitchen’, entered the song into the internet based ’Blues Idol’ songwriting competition, now called ‘Blues Icon’, and was chosen as a finalist.”
“In 2005, I met ailing Canadian blues veteran Back Alley John, in Calgary Alberta, who took me under his wing. In addition to harp lessons, Back Alley let me sit in with him at his jams and gigs. After a while he was too sick to host his jam at the Point on 17th. I was asked to take it over.”
That same year Black Cherry Perry’s Mississippi Medicine Show came into being, and has developed into a dynamic original recording act.