Here’s a heads-up for the forthcoming EP from my friend Brad Parsons. His first solo album will be available June 14 as CDs and digital downloads.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — When Brad Parsons steps out on a stage, it’s not long before he overpowers a roaring crowd. With little but his voice and an acoustic guitar, Parsons channels raucous energy into original songs that are as hopeful as they are heart-wrenching.
Parsons is a Portland-based singer-songwriter with folk-rock roots extending to Idaho. After collaborating on albums with several bands in the Northwest, Parsons will release his first solo EP in June 2012. The EP, Anywhere the River Runs, showcases Parsons’ vocal power, vivid lyricism, and infectious melodies. The independently released EP will be available June 14, 2012 in CD form and as digital downloads, both through bradparsonsmusic.bandcamp.com.
Anywhere the River Runs offers six songs from Parsons’ 16-year catalog of original work. Collaborating with Jeff Albertson and Matt Stegner of Summer Babes, the recordings feature Parsons on vocals, guitar, piano, banjo, drums, harmonica and bass. The album was recorded and mixed by Matt Stegner at Blackout Studios in Seattle and mastered by Nick Moon at Tone Proper Mastering in Portland. The project was entirely funded by support of fans through Kickstarter.com.
After picking up guitar and drums in his early teens, Parsons studied creative writing in college along with the songwriting of Jeff Tweedy, Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young. “I’m not an art house songwriter. I try to make my songs simple,” Parsons says, citing influences from the early Beatles. “I try to write songs that are as real as possible, songs that people can understand.”
Parsons’ discography includes The Bellboys’ eponymous 2009 EP and their 2011 album, I’ll Be Here All Night. Parsons also wrote and performed with The Villains (now known as Rose City Thorns) on Meat in 2009. Parsons will also be featured on Hole-Hearted Fools, a full-length Southern rock album that is in production with Fruition String Band.
Promoting Anywhere the River Runs, Parsons will tour the Western U.S. in the summer of 2012. Fans can watch for his solo tour in June and a July tour with Renegade String Band. Parsons has also shared the stage with The Shook Twins, Fruition String Band, Water Tower, and members of Elephant Revival. Since 2010, Parsons has played with bands at Austin’s SXSW, Portland’s Crystal Ballroom and Doug Fir Lounge, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, and Oregon’s Mountain Stomp Festival. He shared the late night stage at the 2011 Northwest String Summit with Fruition and Jeff Austin from Yonder Mountain String Band, and has toured in New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado, Arizona, and the Northwestern states.
Brad Parsons is available for booking through Eric Schwieterman, email@example.com, and for media inquiries through Stephanie Wells-Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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