Jeff Parker has more than 30 years under his belt touring and recording bluegrass music. The Kentucky native spent eight years with the band Renfro Valley, and five years with the Lonesome River Band before joining Daily & Vincent 12 years ago. Jeff recently felt the tug to start his own project, and left Daily & Vincent this past December to launch his solo project, Jeff Parker & Company, debuting the band at the 43rd annual Jekyll Island Bluegrass Festival. The show will feature a unique and entertaining blend of high energy bluegrass, a touch of classic country, and a good dose of down-home humor.
“I’m so grateful for my time with Dailey and Vincent,” Jeff said. “It’s been a great adventure, filled with fun and opportunity. From the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall, to the Library of Congress, national TV appearances, and countless radio shows, I long ago stopped trying to count the many blessings. Still, it was time to set my sights on a new adventure.”
Jeff’s dad, Vester, was an influential banjo player in the Kentucky music scene, and a huge influence in Jeff’s life. Unfortunately he passed away in early 2018. Prior to his passing they had talked from time to time about Jeff making a go under his own name, and with the passing, Jeff felt like it was time to give it a try. “At 57, I want to give it a shot under my own name,” Jeff said. “I feel like it’s time, and I know my dad would be proud. It’s something we certainly talked about, and I’m excited for the challenge.”
Jeff has recorded four solo projects along the way as Jeff Parker and Company. Two Roads to Travel (2004); Go Parker! (2012); It’s Christmas Time (2013); and Jeff Parker and Company (2015). While Jeff is still in the process of putting together his touring band, his next CD project is in the works and he hopes to have his touring band featured on that record. “It will be a five piece band with plenty of high energy and humor,” Jeff said. “Bluegrass will be the order of the day, but I’m sure we’ll include a little classic country sensibility as well.”
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