PICKING UP THE GUITAR AGAIN: Dave Perryman returns to music after 35 years away

Dave Perryman

Photo courtesy/Dave Perryman

Dave Perryman, the front man for Dave Perryman and the Country Revue, holds the Alvarez guitar he put aside 35 years ago to be a good family man. Now, he and his new band are booked into 2018 and having lots of fun.


It sat in a closet, taking up space.

For 35 years it gathered dust.

Latched inside a black case was Dave Perryman’s light gold Alvarez guitar.

In 1979 at 33, he had been on the cusp of a music career that had potential.

But then Perryman had to make a choice, and the guitar was put in the closet.

And so was Dave Perryman’s dream.

His career started in a familiar place.

“Originally, I probably got started in church singing hymns with my mom,” Perryman said.

Music continued to interest him as he grew up.

Perryman was friends with Chester Wood of Lebanon. They visited an opry in Battlefield, Mo. and their band  played some there.

He met his future wife when she came down from Kansas City to watch her uncle  play  guitar with Perryman   
in a little tavern. They married six months later and moved to Kansas City.

Perryman worked for an auction school for two years. A friend of his, Jimmy Dallas, was the voice instructor at the auction school. He was also a disc jockey at KBIL, one of five stations owned by Roy Clark, Hank Thompson and Max Sanders at the time.

He asked Perryman to work at the radio station. Perryman was reluctant but agreed and worked as a sales executive.

He got another offer from KAYQ.

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