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Al Perry, who will be forever 21 in his heart, is a local country-punk icon. His most recent album, Losing Hand, was a brilliant masterpiece that channeled the zeitgeist of the close of the 20th century in the Sonoran Desert.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Quicksilver Messenger Service/Cactus--pure genius!

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Lalo Guerrero. OK, so I'm picking up on him late--he's amazing.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Probably about 5,000. Actually, it's probably a lot more than that, but I've never attempted to count them.

Do you download music, and if so, legally?

Absolutely not--what fun is that?

What was the first album you owned?

Meet the Beatles.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Rumble"--the greatest instrumental ever.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Jethro Tull, Wishbone Ash, Frank Zappa, Mandy Moore, Poco, Abba--I can think of even worse stuff.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Ray Davies, because he's a great songwriter.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Probably Pet Sounds, though that's such a stock answer. I'm sorry. Maybe I should say Wheels of Fire or Cold Hard Facts of Life.

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