Ian Parker

Ian Parker

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

A true 21 century blues artist, Ian's song-writing comes straight from the heart and is expressed through his distinctive bitter-sweet voice, and dramatic guitar playing. His influences are wide ranging and whilst he respects the tradition, he is keen to innovate and have contemporary relevance.

Biography

MANAGEMENT:
Miki Nord UTR management
651-755-7944 mvt@utrmgmt.com
BOOKINGS:
Jo-Ann Freda Agency
203-298-9331 joannfreda@optonline.net

IAN PARKER
Expressed through a distinctive bitter-sweet vocal delivery and harrowing guitar work, Ian's songs hold nothing back. His naked honesty and genuine emotion bring a personal and immediate connection with his audience.

Drawing on an eclectic range of influences, this young man is fast becoming Britain's best loved blues/roots performer. As a songwriter Ian is genuinely literate, sometimes almost literary.

Ian is uniquely rooted in the blues but not trapped by the desire to replicate the past. He is without doubt one of today’s most relevant, contemporary blues men.

Ian has spent the last few years headlining clubs and festivals alike throughout Europe. With an established reputation as one of Britain’s hottest players it became obvious it is time to take on the US.

Miki Nord of UTR management, (Luther Allison, Syl Johnson, Jonny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Double Trouble) was hooked from song one and joined the team as manager. Soon after, booking agent extraordinaire Jo-Ann Freda, Jo-Ann Freda Agency, came on board. Finally the US has a team ready to build on the successful foundation Ian and Ruf Records have laid down in Europe, setting the tone for touring in 2008.
We are thrilled to invite you to join us in introducing Ian to audiences who we are sure will fall in love with Ian's sound.

HISTORY:
Ian signed to Ruf Records following multi Grammy winning producer, David Z's (Prince, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang,) recommendation. Teaming together Ian’s debut album 'INSIDE' (Ruf1094) was released in October 2003.

“I was truly honored to be involved in this project and with working with Ian.” David Z

In March 2004, Ian appeared on Germany's top live music TV show, 'Rockpalast' as part of the 'Crossroads Festival'. Ian and his band were voted the number one act of the festival and a live DVD of this incendiary performance was released in June 2005, entitled '…WHILST THE WIND'. In response to high demand, Ruf followed with a live album of the same title, recorded in Hannover during his December 2004 European Tour. Both releases met with high critical acclaim.

In September 2005, Ian wrote and recorded five songs for a Ruf Records project album, 'PILGRIMAGE' (Ruf1112) which was recorded in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee, and released in January 2006. The recording of Pilgrimage, not only extended Ian's touring activities throughout Europe and importantly into the US, it also had a profound effect on the artist's musical direction and focus.
On return from America in September 2005, Ian began a lengthy artistic process based around his rediscovery of the blues and soul artists who had inspired him to begin playing as a teenager. This period of consolidation culminated in the recording of the album 'WHERE I BELONG' (Ruf1120), released in January 2007.

'WHERE I BELONG' was recorded in Cheltenham, England and produced by Matt Butler, whose extensive CV includes none other than Sir Paul McCartney. Recorded analogue to tape, the album has the rich and warm sonic characteristics associated with the pre-digital age, but there is nothing retro about this release. 'WHERE I BELONG' has something for all blues fans, purists and progressives alike. It catalogues the pronounced growth and self-discovery of a modern blues artist who is here to stay.

“truly top-tier stuff and proof positive that Ian Parker has arrived on this side of the pond”
Hardline Blues

“a defining moment in modern British blues”
Blues Matters

Following the release of ‘Where I Belong’, Ian spent the entirety of 2007 on the road. His European tour covered all of the major destinations, London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna and many more. He was featured on prime TV shows in Spain and the Netherlands, and was invited back to BBC London to record songs from ‘Where I Belong’ for a session on Radio 2’s legendary Paul Jones Show.

In the summer Ian was back on US soil for a series of club dates and two significant festival appearances. In New Jersey, Ian and his US band took Knowlton Riverfest by storm and received high accolades from the viewing public and press alike. In Duluth, at the internationally renowned Bayfront Blues Festival, Ian performed in the acoustic tent in his duo format with fellow Englishman ‘Morg’ Morgan. Anyone expecting a laid-back, ‘sitting out on the front porch’ kind of a show, soon got quite a shock, as the duo rocked the full to capacity tent with renditions of songs from ‘Where I Belong’ as well as some carefully selected classic blues material.

The response to Ian’s debut solo outing in the US was overwhelming and 2008 promises to be a big year.

Discography

2003 - Inside (studio album - Ruf1094)
2005 - Whilst The Wind (live album - Ruf1102)
2005 - Whilst The Wind (live DVD - Ruf3007)
2006 - Pilgrimage (Ruf Records 'project album' -
Ruf1112)
2006 - Blues Caravan 'The New Generation' (live DVD
- Ruf3014)
2007 - Where I Belong (studio album - Ruf1120)
2007 - Your Love Is My Home (debut single release-
Ruf4006)

Set List

Ian's average club show lasts for 2 hours, and normally consists of one or two sets. Of course this is adaptable. Most of Ian's set-lists draw on his extensive catalogue of original material from his three studio albums, and includes occasional blues and obscure rock covers, some of which can be found on his live album 'Whilst The Wind'.

His current set list features many songs from his latest album 'Where I Belong'. The list varies from night to night on his current tour, but generally it looks something like this:

Where I Belong
Funny How
Waste My Days
Coming Home
All The Time
Everyday I Have The Blues
Love So Cold
You Could Say
Don't Hold Back
Your Love Is My Home
Let Me Love You
Awake At Night
If It Must Be
In The Morning

With Or Without You
Told My Girl To Go Away
Green Manaleishi
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad