The first thing you notice about the beatific band The Innocence Mission is its singer, Karen Peris. After all, she has the voice of an angel and the lyrical talent of Joni Mitchell. If you look (and listen) closer, however, you may also notice a lot of beautiful guitar music being created in all those great songs. That would be Don Peris, who is also Karen’s husband.
If you love the instrumental parts just as much as the sung parts of The Innocence Mission, may I please introduce you to “The Old Century? “ This is Don Peris’ delightful new solo instrumental album. Much like The Innocence Mission’s music, this is delicate, fragile stuff. It may not sound like Eddie Van Halen shredding, but all in-the-know ax masters will immediately recognize what a brilliant player Don Peris truly is. Since you don’t hear Don Peris say a whole lot (or sing much, for that matter) on The Innocence Mission songs, please read this rare interview with the man http://stereosubversion.com/interviews/don-peris