Born in San Antonio, Texas, but now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Jeremy Parsons grew up with the sounds of country music ringing in his ears, such as Hank Williams Senior, Johnny Horton, and George Jones. Although he’s always been a music fan, it wasn’t until his later high school years that he realised he had a talent for it, and he taught himself to play guitar, write, and perform music.
Jeremy, who’s played all over the US and in Europe during the last decade – including in his home state – released his single, ‘Why Is The Bluebird Blue’ last April, the second track from his second album, ‘Things I Need To Say’, which came out in 2017. The first single, ‘Burn This House Down’, found its way into the Top 40 Roots Music Report, as well as the IndieWorld Report chart. ‘Why Is The Bluebird Blue’ was equally well received, and remains a Top 40 Roots Report Americana single.
Jeremy Parsons draws from his personal experiences to create his songs, and this intimacy comes through in ‘Why Is The Bluebird Blue’: we want to find some way of making him less lonely.
The track feels quite somber, both instrumentally and vocally, and yet it has an upbeat percussive rhythm, making it very earwormy. Jeremy’s voice reminds us of the early rock and roll singers of the late 50s, such as Gene Vincent, and Eddie Cochran. There’s more than a touch of Johnny Cash there too, serious and dedicated to his craft, yet with some humour. The use of traditional instruments should put the song squarely into the Americana genre, but there’s some pop sensibilities there as well, reminding us of Irish singer Hozier.