John Permenter Band

(Biography extract from
My love of country music comes from my father, who grew up in deep East Texas. He used to listen to Hank Williams, live on the radio, from the ”Louisiana Hayride.” My childhood was filled with the sounds of my father’s favorite artists: Hank, Marty Robbins, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Roger Miller, Glen Campbell, and others. I fell in love with the fiddle in 1973 when I heard Johnny Gimble playing on a Bob Wills record. I began fiddling right away, but it took me years to find the courage to try music as a career. In 1977, after hearing Johnny Paycheck sing “Take this Job and Shove it,” I quit my construction job and began singing and fiddling for a living, and I have been doing that ever since.


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