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Dave Perkins, Associate Director, Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture

photo credit: Ben Pearson

      Dave Perkins is Associate Director of the Luce Program in Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture at The Divinity School at Vanderbilt University.  He did is M.Div. and Ph.D. studies (History and Critical Theories of Religion) at Vanderbilt where he was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture.  As a music maker, Perkins was formed in the collision of having parents accomplished in classical and church music and seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  He has never shaken the ghost of either.  Close proximity (performance and recording) to artists such as Carole King, Vassar Clements, Ray Charles, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Papa John Creach, and numerous others also significantly influenced Perkins’ musical formation.  Critics called his 2009 album Pistol City Holiness a blues-rock masterpiece.  Perkins’ latest recording is the soundtrack for the feature film Deadline , which opened in the U.S. on April 13, 2012.  Perkins is currently writing songs for a new album to be released in 2013.

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