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Dave PerkinsDave Perkins came to Vanderbilt University after 25 years in the music industry where, as a recording artist, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer, he had professional associations with a number of America’s great musicians and performers such as Carole King and Ray Charles.  Dave earned the Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University where he was a graduate fellow at The Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. Dave has scholarly and personal interests in music, visual art, film, and cross-disciplinary culture studies.  He teaches courses on theological aesthetics, songwriting, creativity, popular religion in the arts, and Christianity's ongoing presence in American pop music.  A portion of Dave's work on the contemporary worship music industry is forthcoming in The Spirit of Praise: Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity (Penn State University Press).  His 2009 album, Pistol City Holiness, which combines blues and alternative rock themes has been called a blues-rock masterpiece by critics.  Dave's latest recording is the soundtrack for the feature film Deadline.  It was released in 2012 on Lugnut Records.