Lee Roy Parnell Album Release! – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – September 7th, 2017

Lee Roy Parnell Album Release!

Gypsy Sally's Presents

Lee Roy Parnell Album Release!

Caleb Stine

Thu, September 7, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Advance $23/ Day of Show $25 + Fees

This event is 21 and over

Lee Roy Parnell: Depends on the night.....



Lee Roy Parnell
Lee Roy Parnell
Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is
among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat. An ace guitarist, as
well as a distinctive singer, and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of
diversity. Combining the influences of Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House
Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel, Parnell's sound defies
conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of musical sources and

combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-
pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues

Parnell was born in Abilene, TX, on December 21, 1956, and grew up on his
parents’ ranch. His father had toured with a teenage Bob Wills in traveling
medicine shows, and Lee Roy’s first public performance came on Wills’ radio
show at age six. As a teenager, he played drums in a local band and soon picked
up guitar as well, eventually concentrating on slide playing. He joined Kinky
Friedman’s Texas Jewboys in his late teens and moved to Austin in 1974 to join
the city’s budding music scene. Parnell spent over a decade playing clubs in
Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York while honing his style and
Lee Roy moved to Nashville in 1987, where he quickly landed a publishing
contract with Polygram Music, and a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Cafe. In
1989, he signed to Clive Davis' Arista Records, led by friend and mentor, Tim
Dubois. Produced by Barry Beckett, of the world-famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm
Section, Parnell's self-titled debut album featured a collection of horn-driven
country-soul. It received good reviews but didn’t break him commercially; that
would happen with 1992′s Love Without Mercy, which emphasized Parnell’s
searing slide guitar skills. “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender
Moment” both went to number two on the charts, and the title track also made the
Top Ten. 1993′s On the Road produced two more Top Tens with its title track
and “I’m Holding My Own.” The Hank Williams / Ray Charles hit, “Take These
Chains From My Heart” also made the Top 20.
In 1995, Lee Roy was asked to help launch Arista's sister label, Career Records,
with the release of We All Get Lucky Sometimes. The album spawned two Top
Five hits in “A Little Bit of You” and “Heart’s Desire” and featured duets with
Trisha Yearwood and Mary Chapin Carpenter. "A Little Bit of You" was also a #1
hit on the Radio and Records Magazine charts; a first for a brand new label.
During this time, Parnell's sound was becoming more defined by roots and soul
music. He was also allowed the creative freedom to record with some of his
heroes, such as Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez. Their collaboration on the
track "Cat Walk" garnered a Grammy Nomination for Best Country
Instrumental. Parnell released "Every Night's A Saturday Night" in 1997. The
album included another duet with Trisha Yearwood and the Grammy nominated

boogie-woogie instrumental, "Mama Screw Your Wig On Tight," which was
written and produced by Lee Roy and his entire band, "The Hot Links" (James
Pennebaker / Kevin McKendree / Lee Roy Parnell / Lynn Williams / Stephen
Mackey). Next up was Parnell's "Hits and Highways Ahead" in 1999. Lee Roy's
recording of the Son House tune, "John The Revelator," featuring the "Fairfield
Four," garnered a CMA nomination for Vocal Event of The Year. The album also
included the popular track "Honky Tonk Night Time Man," handpicked and sent
to him by Lee Roy's good friend and mentor, the legendary Merle Haggard. An
official video was also produced for the song "Lucky You, Lucky Me."
Following his deal at Arista and Career, Parnell was ready to expand his musical
horizons and partnered up with the rootsy Vanguard label in Los Angeles. His
debut album with them was 2001′s Tell the Truth, which was recorded at the
world-renowned Muscle Shoals Sound by Johnny Sandlin (chief engineer for
Capricorn Records and The Allman Brothers Band). In keeping with his quest for
more artistic freedom, he teamed back up with Universal South in 2006, to return
to the studio to record Back to the Well. This album delved even further into his
blues and southern soul roots. With the release of this album, Parnell received
some very rare support from Gibson Guitars with a series of guitar clinics
interwoven with tour dates across the country in a custom Gibson tour bus. Lee
Roy's relationship with Gibson and the Les Paul is not a new one. Parnell's first
Goldtop was a 1956 model he bought when he was 15-years-old and was his
only guitar well into his 30's. Although he experimented for a few years after that
with different guitars, searching for his own sound, he ultimately returned to his
first love, the 1956 Les Paul Goldtop in 2001 and helped Gibson reinvigorate the
model. Talks then came about to develop a Lee Roy Parnell signature model and
culminated with a final eight months of arduous development, producing Gibson's
Lee Roy Parnell Signature '57 Les Paul Goldtop. You can read more information
about the guitar at gibson.com.
The year 2011 brought Lee Roy Parnell what is probably his most cherished
honor to date, when he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriter's Hall of
Fame. Parnell continues to produce and write with some of the most influential
songwriters and recording artists nationwide as co-partner in his music publishing
company, Dean Parnell Music, and is currently preparing for his first independent
For more information, please visit: www.leeroyparnell.com

"A fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul and Southern rock traditions..."
- No Depression

"Parnell is notable for his ability to combine blues, country, and rock with just the right amount of soul."
- Houston Chronicle

"All Lee Roy Parnell does is write great songs, sing them well, and play the hell out of his guitar. Let's let him do that for a bunch more years."
- Pop Matters

"Call up your honey, get your favorite drink. And play this album."
- Keb' Mo' on Lee Roy Parnell's new album, Midnight Believer (released 8/11)

"There is a lot of soul in Parnell. This is an impressive recording."
- Independent Blues Awards on Midnight Believer

"Parnell never forces his blues. Rather, the music bubbles up out of his soul and out of his slide guitar."
- Houston Press
Caleb Stine
Caleb Stine
The BALTIMORE SUN has called Caleb Stine the "lynchpin of the Baltimore folk scene." And like his Baltimore home, Stine keeps the music honest– hardworking, genuine, and unafraid to tell it like it is.

To date, Stine has released six albums, scored music for films, acted Off-Broadway, shared in classes and workshops, and traveled the country singing his songs.

His sixth album Maybe God Is Lonely Too was released on April 12, 2014. "I call this work a soundtrack for reflection," Stine says. "Hopefully these songs create a space where someone can step outside noisy, modern life and breathe for a moment." Hand printed and letter pressed, the disc is available only at shows or through personal contact. Baltimore's City Paper gave 'Maybe God Is Lonely Too' the Best Album distinction of 2014, and listeners have found their own quiet relationship with the songs. Listen to the first track of the album HERE.
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007