Monday, July 23, 2018

GRAMMY nominated artist Lee Roy Parnell’s new album Midnight Believer..back to the blues

Lee Roy Parnell approached this release with the intention of letting the music and performances speak. There is a level of organically-delivered emotion through his playing that took the path of not over-producing every track. He reflects, “Well, it’s funny...most folks think of me primarily as a slide guitarist, and to some degree that is true, but I played ‘regular lead guitar’ long before I played slide. On the song ‘Hours In Between’ what you’re hearing is one continuous lead guitar track from pass going down with my band and no fixes. Not to say I didn’t want to, but they all threatened to walk out on me if I did! Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t get the  chance to fix anything.” On the songwriting side, Parnell collaborated solely with Greg Barnhill on the record, co- writing all 10 of the tracks together.

Barnhill and Parnell’s dear friend, Etta Britt, sang all background vocals with the exception of the mighty voices of the The Fairfield Four who sang the “Keep On Walking” line repeated in the bridge of “Sunny Days.” Parnell offers, “I love many different styles of music...but for me it all goes back to The Blues. Blue-Eyed Soul, Jazz, Rock'n'Roll and Country all have the same Daddy and that Daddy is The Blues. As long as it’s soulful, I’m in. Muddy Waters was right — ‘The Blues had a baby and they called it Rock n Roll!’

Musically, Parnell presents some of the best performances of his career on this album. Midnight Believer was included on All Music's "Best Blues Albums of 2017" list, along with Keb' Mo' / Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Gary Clark, Jr., David "Honeyboy" Edwards, and more!

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