Abby Parks was born with a fierce passion for music that her parents recognized early on, buying her a guitar for her 12th birthday. She began lessons as a teen and turned her attention to classical guitar after hearing the music of noted classical guitarist John Michael Talbot. Parks began singing solo with her guitar in church and then majored in classical guitar at Colorado Christian University in Denver, also studying piano, voice, and music composition. There were many paths she could have taken with the musical knowledge she had gained, but Parks had developed a great affection for songs she’d heard in the folk and songwriting traditions, particularly by artists like Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins. Lyrics that told stories and delved deeper into the human psyche than typical pop songs gave her a desire to take her music in that direction. By the time she had moved to the U.K. with her family in 1995, Parks had enough songs under her belt to begin performing live, including a performance in 2000 at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Finally settling in Alabama, Parks released her debut CD Moving On in 2005 and performed throughout the southeast in venues ranging from coffeehouses and churches to theaters, clubs, and festivals. As her songwriting matured, Parks turned her attention to the rich southern heritage she can lay claim to. Stories told to her throughout her life about her family’s background became the source for many of her songs off her latest CD The Homeplace, including the title track “The Homeplace,” “Lambert Road,” and “Wild Dogs.” Recorded at Huntsville’s Sound Cell Studio, The Homeplace was produced with the help of Doug Jansen Smith (Take 6, Brian McKnight, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Collins). The CD features imaginative instrumentation accompanying her unique finger-style guitar playing, creating an evocative atmosphere for Parks to spin reflective narratives in song.
Announcing the launch of the Folk Renaissance Radio Show, which airs through Jacksonville State University (Alabama) on 92J WLJS (91.9 FM ) from 9-11pm cst Sunday nights (also available as live stream) and features all varieties of folk music from traditional to new Folk, Celtic, World, Roots, some Singer/songwriter, and some Americana
Launch of the new Folk Renaissance Website
I just launched my new site Folk Renaissance (www.folkrenaissance.com), a site dedicated to celebrating folk music, and, art, and literature.
Appearance on Kelli's Acoustic Crossroads
I appeared on Kelli's Acoustic Crossroads, a local TV show out of Gadsden, Alabama last April, and below is a video of the show. Kelli was an awesome host and interviewer, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly! Copy and paste this link into your browser to view it.
I will be performing on this awesome new TV show featuring singer/songwriters and bands: Kelli's Acoustic Crossroads on WEAC TV 24! Hosted by Kelli Johnson! Showcasing the best Local talent in Northeast Alabama. Please tune in!
15 West 10th St. Anniston Alabama 36201 US (256) 238-1899
I'll be back at the Peerless for a full solo show. Come out and support local live music and artists!
On Tap Sports Cafe
Jul, 10 07:00 PM
1200 Main Street Fultondale Alabama 35068
Will be performing for an hour and a half in an event called Songwriters on the Patio as part of the event Dogs on the Patio, hosted by the Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park! Free Event! Bring your dogs!
Anniston Downtown Market
Jul, 12 09:00 AM
1218 Market Way Anniston Alabama 36201
I will be the entertainment from 9-11am during the Anniston Downtown Farmers Market, so come ready to stock up on great food and be entertained while you do so!