Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Levi Parham - NEW EP Avalon Drive

"With a raspy soulful voice and a delta blues finger-picking style, Southeast Oklahoma native Levi Parham conjures the image of a hard traveled bluesman. There’s no denying Parham’s clear southern roots, his songwriting steeped in delta blues, country, folk, soul and gospel; his formative years spent absorbing vinyl trunks full of Muddy Waters, The Band, Van Morrison, Woody Guthrie and Townes Van Zandt. Parham’s debut album An Okie Opera was released in May, 2013, catching the attention of Currentland Magazine, which named it one of the top Red Dirt Albums of the year alongside Samantha Crain, The Red Dirt Rangers, and Jason Boland, as well as garnering accolades from Flagstaff Live Magazine. The release earned Parham - who has shared stages with Blues Traveler, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Junior Brown - a spot at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

Parham’s follow-up, 6-song EP Avalon Drive, available, vinyl and download. The release was produced by Nathan James Dohse and mixed by Nicholas Frampton (of The River Monks, Field Division, Pageant) and mastered by Brooks Edwards at Peachtree Studio in Nashville, TN. On lead single “Never Coming Home To Me,” Megan Palmer joins Parham with buoyant backing vocals and fiddle ". Parham says of the song:
I had almost forgotten about “Never Coming Home To Me.” I wrote it about 7 years ago when my daughter's mother and I separated. We hadn't been together long, were never married, and separated not long after my daughter was born. I had sort of locked it away and forgotten about it. When I started working with [producer Nathan James] Dohse, I started making demos of a bunch of different songs to see what stuck. Nathan immediately brought "Never Coming Home To Me" out of the pile. I think he saw its potential, and we started breathing new life into it. When we got into the studio, it was like I was learning the song for the first time. Megan Palmer was gracious enough to lend her voice and fiddle talents to a few tracks on the record, including this one, even though we recorded the day after she got off the plane from Alaska from a tour with Tim Easton. I'm sure she was very tired and jet-lagged, but she came anyway.  A whole group of great talented people helped put this album together, and being a solo performer for the past year, it was such a blast to create music with awesome musicians.
Free Single  Never Coming Home To Me

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