I was lost when you found me, raising hell trying so hard to push my boundaries…sings a calm Jeremy Parsons in his new single, “Lillian”. The third dose from his expected January 2021 release, “Lillian” follows the fine songs and already released “Tragedy” and “Good Ole Days”. Parsons, a Texan with a bit of a gnarly twang to his voice, wears the listener like a favorite jean jacket. A bit wear for tear from the many washings and uses, but still fits like the day you bought it. “Lillian” is a worthy listen.
Parsons has a knack for making the listener feel like not only are his words his compass, but the listener’s invisible presence spares him confusion. He sounds at home, cozy in “Lillian”. According to his press materials, Parsons wrote “Lillian” after the street name in his East Nashville trek. He’d been living in Nashville for a few years, but has since returned to his hometown of San Antonio. The acoustic guitar, centered and casting a sound like the soundtrack in one’s mind walking solo on a sidewalk, is memorable. “Lillian” is the song that borrows from on one other than Parsons himself. It’s hauntingly beautiful and he honors the country music storytellers he grew up adoring.
She said she don’t believe in life after death, I said we’re all just a rotting corpse, Parsons sings. At first listen, you think that Parsons has found in this Lillian someone that loves misery just as much as he. After a few listened, it occurred to me that she might be his conscience telling him to not give, to fight for hope and power through the gloom. Such honesty and poetic energy flow from his voice and sidekick guitar. Parsons is a delight, even if he doesn’t realize it himself.
He’s genuine and that can’t be replicated in the recording studio.
So much of Parsons reminds me of Harry Nilsson (“Everybody’s Talkin’), a pinch of Warren Zevon (“Keep Me In Your Heart”) and Jim Croce (“Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”). He has this innate sense of selflessness and puts his heart on his sleeve. Parsons’ taps into something that we all exhibit – uncertainty. Are we good enough? Can we do this? I think he recognized on that street sign, day after day, that Lillian was also like a mirror. Not judging him, but looking out for him and reflecting his temperament.
Fans of the aforementioned artists and legends will want to check out “Lillian”. It’s a remarkable roots-Americana song. Parsons has previously released the seven-track album, Doggondest Feelin’ (2010) and the seven-track album Things I Need To Say (2017). Among the previous works’ standouts are the songs “Makin’ Things Up as I Go”, “Burn This How Down” and “Why Is the Bluebird Blue”. Parsons’ perceptive songs have also been featured in film, including the selections at the Jersey Shore Film Festival and the Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival. He nabbed a Texas Music Award in 2011, and has toured all over the States and Europe. He is a self-taught guitar player.
by Bethany Page