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Elvis Perkins

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Birthplace: New York City
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Son of Anthony (Tony) Perkins and Berry Berenson
Brother of Oz Perkins

Occupation: Singer-songwriter, Musician
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About Elvis Perkins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Perkins

Elvis Perkins (born February 9, 1976) is an American folk-rock recording artist. He released his debut studio album, Ash Wednesday, in 2007. He subsequently toured in support of the album with his band Elvis Perkins in Dearland, composed of Perkins alongside multi-instrumentalists Brigham Brough (bass,vocals, saxophone), Wyndham Boylan-Garnett (organ, harmonium, trombone, guitar, vocals) and Nick Kinsey (drums, clarinet, vocals). The band released its eponymous debut, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, on March 10, 2009.

The band formed in Providence, RI around 2004 when Elvis moved to the East Coast upon completing Ash Wednesday, although the members have been friends and collaborators for many years.

Perkins has released his third full-length album, I Aubade, February 24, 2015, on his label MIR. He is set to tour in support of I Aubade in spring 2015.

Discography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Perkins#Discography


Elvis Perkins is an American folk-rock recording artist, who came to prominence with the release of his debut studio album, Ash Wednesday, in 2007. Perkins subsequently toured in support of the album with his band Elvis Perkins in Dearland, composed of Perkins alongside multi-instrumentalists Brigham Brough (bass,vocals, saxophone), Wyndham Boylan-Garnett (organ, harmonium, trombone, guitar, vocals) and Nick Kinsey (drums, clarinet, vocals). The band released their eponymous debut, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, on March 10, 2009.

Known for their wide range of dynamics and eclectic instrumentation, Elvis Perkins in Dearland have frequently drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Neutral Milk Hotel, Buddy Holly and The Band. The band formed in Providence, RI around 2004 when Elvis moved to the East Coast upon completing Ash Wednesday, although the members have been friends and collaborators for many years. The band are currently based out of the Hudson River Valley of New York State.

He was born on February 9, 1976, the son of actor Anthony Perkins. He was raised in Los Angeles, California, and New York City with his older brother, actor Oz Perkins. Perkins is a great-grandson of the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli who was a great-niece of Giovanni Schiaparelli, the Italian astronomer who believed he had discovered the supposed canals of Mars, and a nephew of the actress Marisa Berenson. His paternal grandfather Osgood Perkins, was also an actor. His maternal great grandfather was Count Wilhelm de Wendt de Kerlor, a Theosophist and psychic medium. His mother was also a great-grandniece of art expert Bernard Berenson (1865–1959) and his sister Senda Berenson (1868–1954), an athlete and educator who was one of the first two women elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Perkins attended Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, after graduating high school at the Harvard-Westlake School, which he graduated in 1994.

Perkins' father was a well known Elvis Presley aficionado and thus named his son Elvis. Perkins took to music at an early age, briefly learning the saxophone before picking up the guitar in high school and taking lessons with Prescott Niles, one-time bassist for The Knack. While he played in rock bands, Perkins also developed an interest in the classical guitar, and began to compose music in both idioms. He also wrote poetry, and that gradually morphed into lyrics. After a short stint at college, he began to cultivate the idiosyncratic, highly personalized style that distinguishes Ash Wednesday.

"It's been a long journey, long in the coming," Perkins admits, when he discusses the album, and it took a serious detour on September 11, 2001, when his mother, a passenger on the ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles, perished in the attack on New York City's twin towers, a day before the ninth anniversary of his father's death. Ash Wednesday has been shaped in part by this tragic event and its aftermath.

Elvis's mother, Berry Berenson, was the younger daughter of Robert L. Berenson, an American diplomat turned shipping executive, who was of Lithuanian Jewish descent; his mother's family's original surname was Valvrojenski. Berry Berenson died on a flight involved in the September 11 attacks.

Some of his ethnicity is French, Egyptian, Italian, Swiss, and Jewish. His father died in 1992 of complications related to AIDS.

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Elvis Perkins's Timeline

1976
February 9, 1976
New York City