B.C.'s beauty inspires Mark Perry's 11th album, Right Here
'I'd love to one day be as famous as he is in Smithers,' says Juno-winning Alex Cuba of hometown music hero
Even though he's won Junos and Latin Grammys, singer-songwriter Alex Cuba doesn't believe he is the most popular musician in his adopted hometown of Smithers, in northwestern B.C.'s Bulkley Valley.
That honour, Cuba says, belongs to Mark Perry.
"Mark is like a local hero," Cuba said while introducing Perry's song Northern Sky to listeners on CBC's My Playlist. "It's very amazing for me to see how much his music means to the people that live in the Bulkley Valley."
"I'd love to one day be as famous as he is in Smithers, B.C."
Born and raised in Smithers, Perry said he reciprocates that love right back, drawing his inspiration for the region's natural landscape for his latest album, Right Here, released March 9.
"It's to be celebrated and talked about."
Right Here is Perry's 11th album since releasing his debut in 1990, recorded in folk singer Roy Forbes' studio in Vancouver.
For his latest, he traveled to Whitehorse and brought in friends to record at home in Smithers.
"There's a comfort factor," he said. "There's really this kind of close-knit feeling on this record."
He's also drawing on the backdrop of northwestern B.C. more, in songs exploring environmental concerns, local history and cheering for the Moricetown Cubs baseball team.
"I'm appreciating it more," Perry said.
"We have incredible people here, and there's stories all over the place."
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