The Smithers area is rife with great performers, and while some of them like Alex Cuba have gathered an international audience, perhaps the most popular of all among the locals is home town artist Mark Perry.
His 11th album release Right Here is a very comfortable album full of songs that local inhabitants can all relate to.
Songs like Go Cubs Go make us all think about the history of the area and the activity that makes it so special. Others such as Mountain Bluebird make us think of the little things that help us get through the long winters and still smile with the appearance of a little feathered friend.
Perry loves the area and his concert was much more than a chance to hear him sing live.
At times, he was like a stand-up comedian and there were times he was more like a historian helping us remember some forgotten part of life in the area.
At the outset of the concert, he announced that he would be donating $5 of each CD sold to diabetes research.
“The subject matter of the album is ‘northwesty.’ It’s about the larger area here and the life in it,” he said.
It was an entirely entertaining evening that was over too soon.
The CD will help bring back some of the wonderful feeling Perry brought out at the concert.
More show dates during his album release concert are available at markperry.ca.