Time to hear some country music! I’m not talking about pop country contemporaries like Taylor Swift or Lady Antebellum… I’m talkin’ ’bout some good old traditional country like Hank Williams and George Straight. I’m talking about Jeremy Parsons, a significant up-and-coming singer-songwriter in the Nashville country music scene. It’s not often that you meet younger guys interested in traditional country music, but this 22 year-old has taken it to another level. He grew up in San Antonio Texas surrounded by country music since he was young. His father worked at a country radio station, so Parsons became accustomed to the vibe from a very young age. While most high schoolers played the top 40, Jeremy stuck to what had been running through his veins. Check out this video of the title track from his debut album “Doggondest Feelin.’”
From being widely recognized at songwriter rounds to being a frequent backstage guest at the Grand Ole Opry, you can’t miss the stage presence and personality of Jeremy Parsons. With over 750 songs in his personal catalogue (ASCAP), it’s no wonder why his songs have hit the country radio stations so soon. Shortly after moving to Nashville two years ago, local bluegrass legends The Grascals cut a Parsons song called “Out Comes the Sun.” In recent news, Jeremy was the 2011 winner of the Artistic Excellence Award for the 9th Annual Texas Music Awards.
It was a pleasure to meet Jeremy at The Commodore on July 15. We talked about everything from current music industry business and pop culture to the struggles of local musicians and the logic in how to grow one’s career. It’s not surprising that he quickly signed with local PCG Nashville Records in 2009. If there is anyone to boost life back into traditional country, it’s Jeremy Parsons. “I am a ‘blast from the past’ or ‘blast of the past,’ reviving a sound that I feel is missing these days. I have taken it upon myself to take the torch from the hands of Hank Williams, Porter Wagoner and Little Jimmy Dickens and carry it front and center to the Grand Ole Opry stage.” Parsons has a long list of influences with the likes of Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, Bob Wills, Jim Reeves, Elvis, Johnny Horton, and Johnny Cash to name a few. If you’re a country music fan of any kind, or even just a regular music fan, check out Jeremy Parsons today!
By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC