I have reviewed Parr before and tonight again there’s no surprises. It’s just full of great songs played impeccably especially on the steel and he’s certainly a lesson to young guitarists that you don’t need to be flashy or showy to have the chops. His finger work is impressive and it’s almost as if he has three hands and fifteen fingers.
Parr writes in the great story telling style which introduces many characters and scenarios and tales of everyday life in America. It’s the sign of a great songwriter that you get swept up in the magic of the trials and tribulations in the story evoking in equal parts, smiles and sadness and then there’s the music itself. I’ve always been a sucker of a national steel and Parr is one of the very best players around.
The new songs from his latest album ‘Dog’, no CDs left for sale at the gig, boo, held their own with the oldies. No surprise with the highlights of ‘Jubilee’, ‘Cheap Wine’ and ‘Aint no Grave’ but I did really like ‘Peaceful Valley’ form the new album.
As always a great night with one of the best American musician, singer songwriters around.
Till the next time keep on finger pickin, steel guitar rockin’ y’all