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INTERVIEW: Jeremy Parsons

How would you classify your music?

I was brought up on Traditional/Classic Country and draw a lot from that but I would consider myself an Americana artist through and through.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Since I was a child I have always been very infatuated with Hank Williams Sr.. I always loved his writing, his style and his unique voice. He takes the number one spot for sure! Growing up in San Antonio, TX right down the road from where George Strait lived I was always very partial to the reigning King of Country Music as well. Always loved his awesome Honky-Tonk sound, specifically in the early 90’s. He stakes my number two spot easy. My three and four spots go to Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams. As I’ve grown and opened my mind and soul to more music they’ve reached right in and tugged at my heartstrings. They have consistently moved me to think more and deeper which has allowed me to push myself and grow as an artist and writer. My number five, but definitely number one in so many ways, is John Prine. He’s always had a way of calming me down with his presentation and music. You can sit and listen and just absorb knowledge. It’s like going to school or church. So many lessons learned.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want my fans to take from my music what I take from other peoples music I’m a fan of, an experience. I want them to be able to listen to it and hear something that might help them through a moment or even a day. I want them to be able to put it on and escape. Music has always been the thing that has kept me going, I’d just like to give that back if I can.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

I live in Nashville, TN so the music scene is non-stop and widespread. It’s a fun and inspiring city and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I’ve met so many talented and inspiring people and learned so much about myself in the process. It’s a great town for growth and the community of musicians becomes family after awhile. It’s definitely a place to be if music feeds your soul.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

The best concert I’ve ever been to is Jason Isbell at the Ryman Auditorium October 24, 2014. I had never heard such beautiful and inspiring music played in a place of the same design. It was that show that really made me realize that this is for sure the thing I need to be doing for the rest of my life. The passion that comes out when you see someone doing the thing they were meant to be doing is unmatchable. The same can be said about ones own self playing live. It’s a rush and has always felt overly right and irreplaceable.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

I’d say the biggest standout on this record is the final track “Why Is The Bluebird Blue.” This song was originally not going to be on the record. It was written probably four to five years ago when I was writing songs in a bulk amount. It had gotten lost in the mix but I had played it out for a few friends and it seemed to stick with them pretty well. A few years later when we started working on the record quite a few folks were pushing hard for it to be on there. It was absolutely flattering. To make a long story short they won out and I put the song on the record and it fit and worked perfectly. I will always have a deep love for that song.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

This last year has been a very eye opening and growth filled year. I’ve taken leaps forward as a writer, a performer and as an artist in general. I’ve gotten more confident on guitar which in turn has led to an extra tool in the writing room and in toying with musical production. Knowledge is power and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can. Onward and upward they say!

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

My answer without question would be Jason Isbell all the way across the board. He’s an honest, passionate and ridiculously talented human being. I feel like we all have a lot to learn from him and guys out there like him. He’s a true inspiration.

What’s next for you?

I’ve got a new album out called “Things I Need To Say” which contains my first single “Burn This House Down.” My goal and hope is to get this record and these songs out to and into as many hands and headphones as I can. This record means a lot to me and I hope it can mean a lot to some other folks too. I plan on seeing everybody out and down the road soonest too.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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