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Jeff Parker

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Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker was born in 1961 and began playing guitar at age six. His father (Vester Parker) was a musician at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. At age 12, Jeff saw his first live performance of the Russell Brothers and was amazed with the mandolin. Harold Russell lent Jeff a mandolin, and he started playing that instrument with his family band, Sounds of Gospel. Jeff’s first professional gig was as a fill-in mandolin player for Larry Sparks on a Renfro Valley show. At age 19, Jeff and other friends formed a band called Train 45 that played for a couple of years. At age 25, Jeff was hired as a full time staff musician at Renfro Valley. He worked there until 1994. From 1995-2001, Jeff, his brother Mike, Terry Wolfe, and David Osborne played in the band Wilderness Trail. In 2001, Jeff auditioned with the Lonesome River Band, and he was their mandolin player and singer until joining The Dailey and Vincent band where he has found a happy home since.

-Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now

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Go Parker!

Released Decemeber 2012
Two Roads To Travel 1. Lord I Hate To See My Darlin Go (2:10)
2. Cold Rails (3:21)
3. Sweet Mary (3:01)
4. It’s Gonna Take A Miracle (2:43)
5. Plant Some Flowers By My Graveside (3:31)
6. In My Arms Instead Of In My Memory (2:27)
7. Carolina Mornings (2:11)
8. When I Loved You (3:00)
9. Good Riddance: Time Of Your Life (1:49)
10. Let’s Be Sweethearts Again (2:51)
11. How Come You Do Me (2:02)
12. Hello Darlin (2:30)
Jeff Parker is a bluegrass music stalwart known for his timeless singing and virtuoso mandolin skills. Parker is currently a vital member of The Dailey and Vincent Band, performing over 100 shows per year worldwide. “Go Parker!” is Jeff’s first new cd since 2004′s “Two Roads to Travel,” which garnered tremendous airplay on bluegrass radio stations around the world.

Recorded at The Lonesome Day Recording Studio in Kentucky, “Go Parker!” is a re-dedication of Jeff’s recording career featuring an eclectic mix of songs ranging from heartbreak to lighthearted fun. The album takes its name from jubilant audience members yelling his name when he takes the stage each night and features special guests Dailey and Vincent on the tracks “Plant Some Flowers by My Graveside” and “Let’s Be Sweethearts Again.” In addition, the lovely and talented Cia Cherryholmes duets on “When I Loved You.” The collection ends with a cover of Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’,” which appears on special request from his fans.

Packaging is a 4 panel digpak.

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Two Roads To Travel

Released 2004
Two Roads To Travel 1. Two Roads To Travel
2. Higher Ground Awaiting
3. Meet You In Heaven Someday
4. Church by the Side of the Road
5. The Last Move For Me
6. When Day Is Done
7. Our Savior’s Blessed Blood
8. Going Up
9. I Won’t Forget The Day
10. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
11. I Steal Away And Pray
12. Still Driving Nails In The Hands Of The Savior
13. Anywhere is Home
14. Jesus Found Me
Lonesome River Band’s mandolin player and vocalist Jeff Parker gives us a stellar bluegrass gospel album that includes material from Rick Bartley, David Carroll, Tim Stafford, Rick Bartley, Vern Gosdin, Louvin Brothers, Bill Castle, Shannon Hess and others. The CD jacket contains all lyrics. Varied tempos, keys and rhythms give us a spiritually-tinged project that covers many musical moods with Jeff’s smooth lead vocals always in the forefront. Fourteen cuts are backed by an all-star cast of the bluegrass elite. The session musicians include Harold Nixon, Wayne Fields, Steve Gulley, Don Gulley, Tim Stafford, Randy Kohrs, Ron Stewart, Russell Moore and others.

Packaging is a clear jewel case with an 8-panel lyric booklet.

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It’s Christmas Time

Released Decemeber 2012
It’s Christmas Time 1. Step into Christmas
2. Next Year
3. Little Drummer Boy
4. Christmas Time’s a Coming
5. It’s Christmas Time
6. Blue Christmas
7. Frosty the Snowman
8. Birthday of our King
9. Christmas in Dixie
10. Away in a Manger
 

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