Sparky Parker :: IN THE DARK

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Houston, Texas-based guitarist Sparky Parker announces the self-release of his new CD, In the Dark, featuring 10 blistering, blues-rock tracks that ignite a fire and ably demonstrate why he is becoming one of the most talked-about performers in his Houston hometown.

Watch the video trailer for the new album.

Produced by Sparky Parker and recorded, mixed and mastered by Rock Romano at The Redshack Recording Studio in Houston, In the Dark showcases the Sparky Parker Band: Sparky Parker – guitars, vocals; Phillip Lock – bass, backing vocals; and Kevin Berry – drums, with additional keyboards/organ by William Gorman. The CD consists of seven original tunes, plus scintillating covers of songs by The Rolling Stones (“Dead Flowers”), Slim Harpo (“Shake Your Hips’) and Bobby “Blue” Bland, (“I Wouldn’t Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me).”

The album’s original songs are packed with exciting flourishes and surprises. The wah-wah guitar rhythm on the title track, “In the Dark,” paired with hi-hat 16th notes, is a flashback to checkerboard dance floors and spinning disco balls. “This Old Thing” pumps a hard-driving back-beat on the verse that contrasts nicely to the smooth vocal harmonies on the chorus. In the Dark offers a variety of styles, keeping the listener on their toes,  whether it be the up-beat, southern twang and charm of “8 Days in the Doghouse,” or the slow ballad “Games,” reminiscent of the things that Guitar Slim used to do, or a wave of 60’s surf guitar on the up-tempo instrumental, “Escape to Quintana.”

Eric “Sparky” Parker wears his Texas blues-rock guitar slinger credentials on his sleeve, possessing the grit, drive and talent needed to stand tall in the eternally-competitive Texas music scene. His guitar influences range from Stevie Ray Vaughan to seminal classic blues players such as Magic Sam and Albert King. Long-time Houston fans knew him as a young blues guitar prodigy, but Parker has grown far beyond that kind of simple label. He is now a triple threat who writes quality songs, sings with a feeling and plays with ferocity. With the release of In the Dark, those close to Parker feel that this album will break him to a larger, national audience.

Parker began playing professionally straight out of high school, cutting his teeth as a frontman with the rock band Bayou Monster and playing guitar in the blues band Mojofromopolis. He also joined the Houston rock band Funky Mustard, who he still plays with to this day. Parker went on to log road miles with Blues Music Award-winning artists Diunna Greenleaf and Vanessa Collier, playing important shows around the USA and Europe, including The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, The Blues Music Awards show and The Chicago Blues Festival, among dozens of other major music festivals.

He launched the Sparky Parker Band in 2012, a high-energy outfit whose debut album, Live in Houston, was captured in the band’s hometown at Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar. The trio format lets Parker dig deeply into his influences, which include Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers Band, Texas and Chicago Blues, Classic Soul, R&B, and Classic Rock. The band is amped up to take the seven originals and three covers from the new record to the people and knows what it has to offer is tested and true.

Reviewers have compared Parker to Gary Clark Jr, Doyle Bramhall II, and Jonny Lang, but he creates intensely original music that never falls into the shadows of imitation. A shy and reserved person offstage, music has always been the best way for him to forge connections with other people. It’s how he tells his story and speaks his mind. That story will get a vital new chapter added onto it with the release of In the Dark, and the crowds on his live tour dates will finish the tale. Anyone interested in where the blues is heading in the modern era should discover Sparky Parker today.

“Parker’s guitar chops are gritty, articulate, and multi-dimensional, with a genre-blurring quality that melds blues, funk, roadhouse country, and more into a cohesive and entertaining whole… Parker is understated and tasteful in all that he does and never sacrifices finesse for flash, even when he’s ripping.” – Greg O’Cull, Rock and Blues Muse

In The Dark is bluesy, swampy, and aimed directly at the heart… and they hit their mark.” – Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue

“Parker is a classic triple threat: He’s a virtuoso with a Gibson Firebird guitar, the same ax wielded by Texan Johnny Winter. Parker is a smooth, confident singer and an excellent storytelling songwriter” – Tim Parsons, Tahoe Onstage

“Parker is one skillful lad, whose undoubted gift for melody is complemented by blues engraved deep in his DNA.” – Daniel Pavlica, The Rocktologist

“…Sparky’s vocals are well suited to this music. His guitar playing is well informed in the blues and blues-rock genres. He can play straight ahead blues or zoom into the stratosphere with soaring beautifully distorted notes flying from the strings.” – Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony – Blues Blast Magazine

Contact: Mark Pucci (770) 804-9555 / Email

For more info, visit Parker’s Website

Additional Sparky Parker Band Tour Dates

11/23 The Heights Theater (opening for Coco Montoya), Houston, TX

12/06 Katie’s Bar, Bacliff, TX

12/31 Katie’s Bar New Year’s Eve, Bacliff, TX

01/10/2020 Green Oaks, Tavern Humble, TX

02/15/2020  Costa Rica Blues Festival

Check website for additional dates ….


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