Everglades Rhythm Bio
It all began when Boogie Woogie Pianist Rob Perkin reached out to music producer Darren Clarke to restore an old recording. Rob had a cassette tape with a low-fi recording of him playing piano, some thirty years earlier in Naples, Florida. When they started working on this project, little did they know that a wonderful partnership would form, and a powerful collection of American Rock and Roll had begun. The name, ‘Everglades Rhythm’ speaks to how Rob grew up visiting Naples, Florida, in the shadow of the Everglades. Darren Clarke was raised outside London and was playing guitar in pubs and clubs by the time he was 13.
Rob originally asked Darren to produce the music around those restored piano tracks by adding drums, guitar, and bass to the original recording. It was a rather unconventional project, with the musicians on separate coasts of the United States, however, twice a week, they work together over the phone and speak a language that few people know so well. These conversations have brought about the release of three double-length records and the Everglades Rhythm Podcast, which launched on Spotify in the Fall of 2020.
Rob’s passion, expertise, stories, and insight, fueled Darren’s production prowess and genuine guitar talent. Together they have released scores of tracks that pay homage to an American Era that changed the world. In 2018, Everglades Rhythm released Brookside Road Vol. 1, and early in 2020, Volume 2. Volume 3 (a tribute to the Ventures) is set to be released by the end of 2020.
With the pure goal of making great music for people to enjoy, their instrumental songs are a collection of covers and originals, all available to license for film and television.
Along the way, Everglades Rhythm has been able to include a dream team in their creative process. Featuring Elvis’s lead guitar player, James Burton, on their version of ‘Mystery Train,’ Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats on stand-up bass, and “the most recorded Horn player of all time”, Jim Horn. Polishing the music was easy when taken to Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios for Mastering and Grammy award-winning Robbie Burrell in Nashville, TN.
If you enjoy Boogie Woogie piano, rock and roll guitar, and instrumental music in the styles of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, J.J Cale, The Rolling Stones, and The Ventures, this is music for you. Turn it up, and stand back!
To hear more of their story (and lots of Rock and Roll history), check out the Everglades Rhythm Podcast on Spotify Podcasts (listen on your phone if you want to hear the songs they're talking about).