I can’t say enough about this CD. I love it. Stop by the store and listen to a song or two.
Michael Perry and his band of Long Beds write songs that range from boot-stomping country to roughneck folk balladS. Like Perry’s Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award-winning books COOP and TRUCK, these songs are populated by characters drawn straight from rural and small-town America.
Many of Mike’s songs have direct connections to COOP, TRUCK, and his other books POPULATION 485 and OFF MAIN STREET.
Find out which song ties in with which book!
“You sound just like Gordon Lightfoot, only zippier!”
– that nice lady at the benefit concert in Mike’s old high school gym,
New Auburn, WI
“Mike Perry is a storyteller like the one namers, Waylon and Willie. Stir in the Long Beds and you have a recipe for success. TINY PILOT delivers a truckload of tunes that’ll stick with you for the long haul.”
– Jerry Bilek, Monkey See, Monkey Read,Northfield, MN
“TINY PILOT is full of heart, humor, and hurt. Equally talented in stand-up comedy, performing music, and writing about life in the middle of the country, Michael Perry is the triple crown, winning for audiences in the Midwest and beyond!”
– Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
Like so many before him, Michael Perry learned to sing in church. Then a Waylon Jennings 8-track got him hooked on boogety-boogety. This combination yielded the mix of straight-up twang and churchly harmonies found in his music. Perry began writing songs in the early 1990s during long nights when he was struggling to survive on prose. (And as we know now, he’s surviving just fine in that regard, having become a bestselling author both in the Midwest and nationally!)
“I was raised by farmers and preachers and tough country women, and I suppose my songs reflect that,” says Perry. “Then again, certain wisdoms are available only from whistlers, frauds, and sinners, so I try to slide them a line or two as well.”