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Singer-songwriter Reid Perry pulled out all the stops for his show Saturday night to celebrate the release of his second CD, "Juarez."

Normally a solo act, Perry recruited three members of Flowers From Her (who opened the show) to form the Montana Avenue Band for a one-off performance.

Perry, who grew up in Hardin, showed an earnest appreciation for the family, friends and fans who came out for the show, and if he was nervous, it didn't show once he started playing.

He started his set alone on stage for a few songs, including "Coeur d' Alene," from his 2009 self-released album "Until the End."

Perry then brought up FFH guitarist Daniel Gillispie on organ for "Shivers" before the whole band hit the stage.

With AJ Ostlund on bass and Shan Denning on drums, the group rocked the Railyard with songs like "Nights Like These" and the Dylan-esque title track from "Juarez."

The band added a punk/rock sound to Perry's coffee shop vibe, and everyone seemed to be having a good time with the collaboration, although they made it clear it was a one-time deal.

The energy of the full band suited the rock n' roll venue, and the arrangements suited the alt-country sound that Perry has on the album.

Perry closed out the set alone on stage with a couple of encores, including "Gospel Choir," and a cover of Lucero's "The War."

The bookended solo sets were the best showcase for Perry's songwriting and a voice that belies his 18 years.

 

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