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Elvis Perkins in Studio on World Cafe - 02/20/2007

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Elvis Perkins: Heartbreaking but Hopeful

Elvis Perkins: Heartbreaking but Hopeful

Elvis Perkins in Studio on World Cafe - 02/20/2007

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Set List

  • "While You Were Sleeping"
  • "Emile's Vietnam in the Sky"
  • "All the Night Without Love"

An up-and-coming folk-rock singer-songwriter who crafts brooding, timeless, sophisticated pop songs, Elvis Perkins has earned comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Having lost both of his parents to tragedy — his father (actor Anthony Perkins) died of complications from AIDS in 1992, and his mother (photographer Berry Berenson) died in the Sept. 11 attacks — Perkins writes music that's reflective bordering on heartbreaking, yet remains hopeful and quietly charming.

As a touring performer, Perkins has built a nationwide following with his band Dearland, and given eye-opening performances at the Sasquatch and Austin City Limits music festivals. Perkins' fine debut album is titled Ash Wednesday.