FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (JUNE 4, 2013)
ATLANTA – PARKER SMITH AND THE BANDWITH are embarking on a tour this summer to the nation’s capital and back. This tour will wind through the region of the United States known as the “Piedmont”…see below for the inspiration for the name of the tour. The band is quickly gaining momentum in the southeast and continues to sell out shows in their hometown. They are available for interviews and in-studio performances.
Whereas, the design for Parker’s “Solo Flight” tour had one eagle, this poster depicts three eagles because he will be joined by Chris Ziegler on bass and Brandon Kunka on drums. Information on each venue and links for ticket and pre-sale info can be found at parkersmithsongs.com
- 6/14 – The Nick – Birmingham, AL
- 6/15 – Serenbe – Chattahoochee Hills, GA
- 6/27 – ISIS Restaurant / Music Hall – Asheville, NC
- 6/28 – 185 King Street – Brevard, NC
- 6/29 – Casbah – Durham, NC
- 6/30 – Broad Street Cafe “Jazz Set”– Durham, NC
- 7/1 – The Camel – Richmond, VA
- 7/2 – Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC
- 7/3 – IOTA Club & Cafe – Arlington, VA
- 7/5 – The Calico Room – Wilmington, NC
- 7/6 – The Radio Room – Greenville, SC
- 7/12 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
From Wikipedia….The Piedmont is a plateau region located in the eastern United States between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the main Appalachian Mountains, stretching from New Jersey in the north to central Alabama in the south. The Piedmont province is a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian division. The name “Piedmont” comes from the French term for the same physical region, literally meaning “foothill”, ultimately from Latin ”pes montium”, meaning “the foot of the mountains”….The Piedmont region is closely associated with the Piedmont blues, a style of blues music that originated there in the late 19th century. Most Piedmont blues musicians came from Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. During the Great Migration, Black Americans migrated to the Piedmont. With the Appalachian Mountains to the west, those who might otherwise have spread into rural areas stayed in cities and were thus exposed to a broader mixture of music than those in, for example, the rural Mississippi delta. Thus, Piedmont blues was influenced by many types of music such as ragtime, country, and popular songs—styles that had comparatively less influence on blues music in other regions.
Track downloads, band biography, upcoming shows, and other information on the band can be found at parkersmithsongs.com
“Parker Smith & the Bandwith do woodsy, earnest singer-songwriter fare cautiously infused with soul, bluegrass, gospel and Southern rock elements.” Stomp And Stammer
“Parker Smith and the Bandwith are a great young band out of Atlanta. They’re a southern rock band in an essential way, though their songs run the gamut from sprawling, fast-paced jams to tight, quiet ballads. Smith’s lyrics, backed by tight guitar and mandolin playing, are poignant and full of yearning: for a cleaner life, a distant woman, fresh ground. It’s honest, heartfelt music that—without taking itself too seriously—contemplates the space between who we are and what we want to be. ” -Charles Bethea, Contributing Editor at Atlanta Magazine Atlanta Magazine
Parker Smith and the Bandwith landed their first gig in September 2010 and fans immediately took a liking to their unique sound. Musical influences range from Taj Mahal to Talking Heads, self-described “acoustic roots with electric sprouts.” However, the band members attempt to steer clear of staying in one genre. They stress their passion about playing ‘real music with real instruments’ (no computers allowed on stage), and fans appreciate the originality and roots-oriented sound. As one fan put it, “The groovy songs get your feet thumping and the slower songs reel you in giving you a chance to feel something, more than what can be said of many local acts these days.” Storytelling lyrics and wise tales accompany timeless melodies and unique arrangements with their tight-knit playing.
Parker embarked on his “Solo Flight” tour in 2012 through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. He continues to play solo acoustic shows around the east coast, mixing in carefully chosen covers with his growing list of originals. A compilation of recordings from the tour was released in April 2013. The band released their first album “Garden Hills” in June 2011, and continues to play around the Southeast as well. They look forward to their upcoming shows as well as continuing to expand their fan base throughout the East Coast.
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