Al Perkins is listed in the credits for the following albums:
- 1975 - Jamie Owens-Collins - Growing Pains: Producer, Guitars
- 1975 - Mustard Seed Faith - Sail On Sailor: Mixed, Banjo
- 1975 - The Way - Can It Be?: Producer
- 1976 - Daniel Amos - Daniel Amos: Producer, Mixed, Pedal Steel Guitar, Banjo
- 1976 - Andraé Crouch & The Disciples - This is Another Day: Steel Guitar
- 1976 - Becky Ugartechea - House Between Two Rivers: Producer, Arrangements, Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel, Hand Claps
- 1976 - Barry McGuire - C'mon Along: Pedal Steel, Dobro, Electric Guitar
- 1976 - Bob Ayala - Joy By Surprise: Pedal Steel, Electric Guitar
- 1976 - Gentle Faith - Gentle Faith: Production Assistance
- 1976 - Pat Terry - Songs of the South: Producer
- 1977 - Pat Terry - Sweet Music: Producer, Steel Guitar
- 1977 - Pam Mark Hall - This is Not a Dream: Steel Guitar
- 1977 - Jim Gill - United Saints of America: Mastered
- 1977 - Albrecht Roley & Moore - Gently Flowing Feeling: Pedal Steel Guitar
- 1977 - Salvation Air Force - Strangers In A Strange Land: Pedal Steel Guitar
- 1978 - Bob Ayala - Wood Between the Worlds: Electric Guitars
- 1978 - Jamie Owens-Collins - Love Eyes: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Dobro, Steel Guitar
- 1978 - Kelly Willard - Blame It On The One I Love!: Steel Guitar
- 1978 - Barry McGuire - Cosmic Cowboy: Pedal Steel
- 1978 - Bethlehem - Bethlehem: Engineer, Mixed
- 1979 - Mark Heard - Appalachian Melody : Pedal Steel, Dobro
- 1979 - Wendell Burton - Smilin' Thru the Rain: Guitars
- 1979 - Becky Ugartechea - Look By Faith: Producer, Steel Guitar
- 1979 - Ark - ...The Angels Come: Producer, Engineer, Lead Guitar
- 1979 - Bob Bennett - First Things First: Guitars
- 1980 - Bob Ayala - Journey: Electric Guitars, Lap and Pedal Steel
- 1980 - Albrecht Roley & Moore - Take It to the People: Producer, Rhythm Arrangements, Pedal Steel
- 1980 - Pat Terry - Best of the Pat Terry Group: Producer, Steel Guitar
- 1980 - Jamie Owens-Collins - Straight Ahead: Steel Guitar
- 1981 - Maranatha! Music - God Loves Country Music: Producer, Guitars, Steel Guitar, Dobro, Background Vocals
- 1982 - Keith Green - Songs for the Shepherd: Steel Guitar
- 1983 - Mark Heard - Eye of the Storm: Pedal Steel
- 1984 - Daniel McClenaghan - Winning The West: Producer, Pedal Steel
- 1985 - Mark Heard - Acoustic: Pedal Steel
- 1986 - Kelly Willard - Message From a King: Steel Guitar
- 1987 - Don Francisco - The Power: Producer, Recorded, Mixed
- 1988 - Scott Wesley Brown - To the Ends of the Earth: Steel Pedal Guitar
- 1988 - Steve Camp - Justice: Pedal Steel
- 1991 - Bruce Carroll - Sometimes Miracles Hide: Steel Guitar
- 1995 - Russ Taff - Winds of Change: Steel Guitar
- 1995 - Brian Barrett - Nailed in Stone: Lap & Pedal Steel, Dobro
- 1997 - Bruce Carroll - For The Record: Steel Guitar
- 2005 - Bruce Carroll - Big World: Steel Guitar
- 2013 - Blues Counsel - Muscle Shoals Sessions: Lap Steel
AL PERKINS today is equally at home in the studio adding his timeless pedal steel to albums by Nashville's elite band of artists, as he is adding white hot snarling lap steel to the dynamic live appearances of alt.country acts, or complementing Chris Hillman's traditional bluegrass sound with his signature dobro playing.
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.
As the second album was released and Stills was being drawn more towards his work with Crosby Stills and Nash, Perkins and Hillman found themselves joining up with Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield and Poco founding member) and J.D. Souther in the Souther Hillman Furay band. Perkins moved into producing records in the mid 70s, but did tour again with Michael Nesmith, Debby Boone and McGuinn & Hillman. He somehow managed to also continue working as a session player, and found himself contributing to many of the notable albums of that time, including the Eagles' On The Border . Continuing his production work into the 80s, Perkins also toured with Chris Hillman as a duo which later developed into the Desert Rose Band, before joining Dolly Parton in 1986, touring and recording with her for several years before moving to Nashville .
It was in Nashville he reunited with Emmylou Harris on a new project, the Nash Ramblers, having previously worked with Emmylou and playing on the two solo albums of the late, great Gram Parsons. (It was his association with Parsons that led to Perkins being called in to play on the sessions for the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street ). For the Live at the Ryman album, Emmylou and her band, obviously inspired by the history of the famous auditorium, responded by putting together a stunning live set spanning the history of country music. The album was to win a Grammy award in 1992.
Al Perkins continues to tour and record, and is highly regarded for taking time to help develop new musical ventures with up-and-coming artists. He has played and toured with artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Cher, Rita Coolidge, Dan Fogelberg and Dwight Yoakam yet he manages to share around his time, appearing with long-time associate Chris Hillman and with veteran country singer Michael Martin Murphey. A highlight of Perkins' long career was his appearance on stage alongside James Burton and Keith Richards and a host of stars at the Gram Parsons tribute show in California in the summer of 2004.
Somehow in his busy schedule, Perkins managed to find enough time to put together a collection of studio outtakes and rare recordings spanning the breadth of his career. Snapshots chronicled his associations with many of his previous musical buddies, and featured long lost or forgotten recordings by the Nash Ramblers and the Burritos amongst others for a fascinating album.
Triple Play was Perkins' first solo album of his own music, and effortlessly swings through blues, country, bluegrass gospel and even Cajun influences. The enjoyment of being able to cut loose on his own self-penned material is clear, as Al Perkins comes up trumps with an infectious set of studio and live cuts.
Today Al Perkins is involved in many projects, including the Hi Power Band - a group of seasoned professionals playing R&B and rock in and around his native Nashville, and fronting Big Dog 3. A 'Power Trio' including Emmylou Harris band members past and present, Brady Blade and Chris Donohue, Big Dog 3's self-titled debut album, released in July 2009, features a range of self-penned and classic material, given an extra dimension with the help of some very special musical guests.
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