John Parker

John Parker

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

John Parker is a "House Rockin" West Coast Blues artist that will make you leave your seat and get up on your dancin' feet. His high energy style is something you won't soon forget. John's music is a very personal insight into his life and has never failed to entertain a crowd.

Biography

John Parker, known as "The Rockin' Bluesman", was raised in the Santa Cruz, California area and started playing at age 14. He grew up loving the sounds of BB King, Django Reinhardt, Freddie King and Buddy Guy. Several bands later, he would up in the Atlanta, Georgia music scene where he found the Blues calling.

A few years later, he returned home to California to pursue what he loved about Georgia the most - the Blues. John has performed with Chicago Bob Nelson, Big Joe Jackson, Butch Travette & the Alley Cats, the late Piano Red, Tinsley Ellis, Delbert McClinton, Doug Kershaw and more. He's opened for The Beach Boys, Juice Newton, Coco Montoya, Bobby Bear, Eric Burdon and many others.

Beside playing continuously with his 3 bands, John is well known for his extensive work with various charities, especially The American Cancer Society. He was chosen an ASC Legislative Ambassador and has worked very closely with the Organization and our government. In 2006, he attended the "Celebration on the Hill" in Washington, DC and spoke before Congress in an effort to increase Cancer Research Funding. He was a 5 year Cancer Survivor himself and his disease required him to have a Liver Transplant which led him to becoming an advocate to teach the public about Organ Donor Awareness.

He also served as the Entertainment Chairman for the Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life for the last 3 years, which is one of the largest in California and he also performed at and provided bands for several other Relays in the state each year and has helped raise more than $4,000,000 for research funding.

In 2006, John became the President of the Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society and kept involved in just about "everything Blues" in the Los Angeles area. He always had very high ideals for the music style and has been a major participant in the planning for some upcoming festivals in the Santa Clarita Valley and other locations around the greater Los Angeles area. He was also very involved in implementing a new "Blues In The Schools" program in conjunction with The Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society for the area.

John has always written songs that are funny, true to life and personal –- and none are more personal than the ones he wrote for his new album "Self Titled".

He crafted them over the course of three anxious years after his Liver Transplant when the Liver Cancer spread into his lungs and then later to his heart. Hoping for a miracle but feeling that the end was just around the corner, he became more determined than ever to leave something memorable behind - his mark on the world. John's songs just kept coming and his determination and music has inspired multitudes of people who know him and have heard his music.

"He was unrelenting," his wife, Lynn says. "He would stay up all night working on a tune and he'd even wake me up to come down and listen. It seemed as though these songs were demanding to be written.. and he wouldn't even think of giving up until this CD was finished. When he would take a break from writing lyrics, he would switch over to working on songs for a new Instrumental CD that he was planning next. It was a great feeling knowing he had found his medicine in his music and that's what kept him going for so many years and gave him the most happiness. He actually put his finishing touches on his "Self Titled" CD just three days before he passed away and he even did that with his own extraordinary style....he just looked up at the sky, got a huge grin on his face and was gone in a flash!!"

John's New "Self Titled" CD:

John Parker - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Jeff Jensen - Rhythm Guitar
Bill Ruffino - Bass & Backing Vocals
Steve Halter - Keyboards, Piano, Organ
Chris Collier - Drums & Backing Vocals

Guests Artists appearing on John's "Self Titled" CD:

Kyle Culkin - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Nate LaPointe - Slide Guitar & Pedal Steel
Ralf Mueggler - Drums
Sista Sherry Pruitt - Backing Vocals

John recently received the 2007 Rock City Music Award for "Best Blues Band of the Year".

John was also chosen as Chicago Music Guide's "Featured Artist for 2007".

His song "When I Reach My Destination" from his "Off The Clock" album was recently featured on an episode of the CBS series "N.C.I.S."

CD & Performance Reviews:

SOUTHLAND BLUES MAGAZINE
Jim Santella

As President of the Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society, John Parker stayed involved in Southern California's Blues from the inside. As a Bandleader and Bluesman performing for decades alongside like-minded artists, John found his groove and always found a way to express what he was feeling with clarity. His voice is full of life, grit and meaningful lyrics on this "Self Titled" CD that was finished just three days before Parker passed away. He died on March 30th, after a five year battle with liver cancer.

The courage that he displayed in life shows up in each of the 12 album selections as the Singer/Guitarist w

Lyrics

Hopeless Romance

Written By: John A. Parker

I tried to tell you time after time
You wouldn't listen or show me a sign
I guess it's hopeless, a thing of the past
Another hopeless romance

We had some good times, it wasn't all bad
We faced the hard ones, hand in hand
Now it's over, a thing of the past
Another hopeless romance

I tried to give you all that I had
But you took me for granted and wasted my time
One day you'll wake up only to find
That I've left you for the last time
I'm leaving you behind
Think I'm gonna cry

Solo

I tried to give you all that I had
You took me for granted and wasted my time
Now it's over, a thing of the past
Another hopeless romance

My Valentine

Written By: John A. Parker

She wakes me every morning, she gives me a big kiss
Tells me that she loves me and she's with me till the end
Yes, she's my lover
She's my baby
My valentine

She mends me when I'm broken, she holds me when I'm blue
She's my nurse, my momma, nannie, cook and step mother too
Yes, she's my lover
She's my baby
My valentine

She could have been the Queen of Sheba or Cleopatra too
She could have had Mark Anthony and little Caesar too
She wanted to go sailing with you know who
I'm so happy that I found a woman who loves me like you
Yes, she's my lover
She's my baby
My Valentine

Solo

She could have been the Queen of Sheba or Cleopatra too
She could have had Mark Anthony and little Caesar too
She wanted to go sailing with you know who
I'm so happy that I found a woman who loves me like you
Yes, she's my lover
She's my baby
My Valentine

She's an angel in an evening dress, a model when she walks
She'd be the perfect lady if she didn't cuss so much
She's my lover
She's my baby
My Valentine

She really knows what turns me on, she knows just what it takes
And even after 20 years, she's jumping out of cakes
She's my lover
She's my baby
My Valentine

She could have been the Queen of Sheba or Cleopatra too
She could have had Mark Anthony and little Caeser too
She wanted to go sailing with you know who
I'm so happy that I found a woman who loves me like you
She's my lover
She's my baby
My Valentine

Well, she's my lover
She's my baby
My Valentine

Well, she's my lover
She's my baby
My second wife

I Ain't Gonna Give Up

Written By: John A. Parker

I’m the guy from next door
Your everyday neighborhood Joe
Pick a little lead guitar
And sing a lotta Rock n Roll
I got the bad new
That I might not make it through
It don’t look pretty
When a white boy sings the blues

Everyday is a challenge
It’s hard to rise above
I’m gonna win this battle
I ain’t never never ever, never ever ever
Gonna give up

I took a lot for granted
Didn’t save for that rainy day
If I had to live life over again
I’d only change one thing
I’d have a cure for the blues
You know these blues are killing me
Sure could use some good news
Have they found a cure for me

Everyday is a challenge
It’s hard to rise above
I’m gonna win this battle
I ain’t never never ever, never ever ever
Gonna give up
Ain’t gonna give up, oh no, no no

Everyday is a challenge
It’s hard to rise above
I’m gonna win this battle
I ain’t never never ever ever
Gonna give up

Solos

I’m right here on the front street
Battle axe in my hands
Raisin’ money for research
And playing with my the band
That saved me so far
From a sea of misery
Standin’ behind me
Being so encouraging

Everyday is a challenge
It’s hard to rise above
I’m gonna win this battle
I ain’t never ever, ever
Gonna give up
Ain’t gonna give up
Ain’t gonna give up
No, no, no, no
Ain’t gonna give up
No, no, no, no
Ain’t gonna give up
No, no, no, no

Waitin' For The Water To Rise

Written By: John A. Parker

You gotta sleep with one eye open
Keep one foot on the ground
Count your blessings every morning
That you're still around
You never know what might be lurkin'
Up around the bend
You gotta be ready to rumble
Don't look now, here comes trouble again

I can't sleep at night
I can't turn out the lights
I just lay there in bed
Holding my head
Waitin' for the water to rise

The weatherman says to kneel down and pray
We got a hurricane headed our way
I heard the boom when the levee broke
Water runnin' folks out of their homes
People scramblin' for higher ground
Packin' up the kids a leavin' town
Just when you thought it was safe to stay
Don't look now, here comes trouble our way

I can't sleep at night
I can't turn out the lights
I just lay there in bed
Holding my head
Wonderin' if I'll ever get right

Lives were lost and dreams were broken
Water risin' and tears a flowin'
Folks scattered all over the place
No food to eat, no water to drink
That's why I sleep with one eye open
Keep one foot on the ground
When that dried wood gets wet
I'm gonna grab my axe and get out of town

I can't sleep at night
I can't turn out the lights
I just lay there in bed
Holding my head
Waitin' for the water to rise

Forget All My Fears

Written By: John A. Parker

Sittin' here dreamin', thinkin' about a better time
When life was in color, not so black and white
Times may have changed but things seem the same
Life is so easy when it's not a day to day thing
So count all your blessin's
And dry up those tears
You've got to stand up and fight
Forget all your fears
Forget all your fears

If I could read the stars, turn back the hands of time
I'd do things differently and everything would be just fine
Nobody really knows the pain inside of me
I know I'm not alone, you're right next to me
I count all my blessings
I shed not a tear
I’m gonna stand up and fight
Forget all my fears
Forget all my fears

I feel a new dawning, like the sun on my face
A brand new beginning for the whole human race
I thought I'd never find someone to ease my mind
But I knew there'd come a day when things would go my way
I count all my blessings
I shed not a tear
I'm gonna stand up and fight
Forget all my fears
Forget all my fears
Forget all my fears

I Got Me A New Car

Written By: John A. Parker

I’m gonna get me a new car today
I’m gonna get me a new car today
It might be a Lincoln or maybe a Ford
With Italian leather or rusted out floors
It doesn’t matter if it’s two or four doors
I gotta move, I gotta roll
I’m gonna get me a new car today

I’m gonna get me a new car today
I’m tired of drivin this broken down wreck
It’s drivin me deeper in debt
The tags expired and it failed the smog test
I need some sanity, some reliability
I’m gonna get me a new car today
chorus
I mashed the gas tryin to pass
Smoke started pourin out of the dash
Couldn’t see the road
So I braced for the crash
It started rockin
Then it rolled
I’m gonna get me a new car today

solo

I crawled from the wreckage and I was ok
I saw a used car sign off the highway
I limped on down to make a deal
I need a ride
I need some new wheels
I’m gonna get me a new car today

I’m gonna get me a new car today
No money down, easypay
Divorced, bankrupt, bad credit ok
Same day finance and drive it away
Now I’m a happy man, I’m on the road again
I got me a new car today
Yes, I got me a new a new car today

I've Got The Blues Baby

Written By: Barry Rodriguez & John A. Parker

I remember being desperate most all my life
Anything you say makes me want to fight
When's it gonna change, I'm at the end of my rope
Guess what folks, I don't know
I've got the blues baby
I've got the blues
Well now, can't you see not to mess with me
I've got the blues baby

One marked envelope in my mail
Smokin cigarettes, I'm bitin tooth and nail
The repo man is tryin to take my stuff away
You mess with me and it will be your last day

I've got the blues baby
I've got the blues
Well now, can't you see not to mess with me
I've got the blues baby

Yeah, I've got the blues baby
I've got the blues
Well now, can't you see not to mess with me
I've got the blues baby

Solos

I've got fourteen hundred past due bills
Can't sleep at night, I'm eatin little white pills
The tranny's actin up in my V8 Ford
I'm drinkin beer that I can't afford
I've got the blues baby
Yes, I've got the blues
Well now, can't you see not to mess with me
I've got the blues baby

I've got the blues baby
I've got the blues
Well now, can't you see not to mess with me
I've got the blues baby

Solos

I'm sick and tired of listenin to you
I don't know what I'm gonna do
I wanna get out, I wanna tear it up
I told you three times baby, shut up
I've got the blues baby
I've got the blues
Well now, can't you see not to mess with me
I've got the blues baby

I've got the blues baby
Yes, I've got the blues
Well now, can't you see not to mess with me
I've got the blues baby

I've got the blues baby
Yes, I've got the blues
Well now, can't you see not to mess with me
I've got the blues baby

The Price of Fame

Written By: John A. Parker

Everybody knows my business
They’re diggin’ up my shady past
Can’t keep no secrets
From the papparazzi and the press
Everytime I try to hide
Some fool finds me out
I’ve tried the cheap disguise
And I always change my route
But that’s the price of fame
And everybody knows your name
That’s the price of fame
And everybody has to pay

Wish I could find a place
Where nobody Knows my face
Live a life of privacy
Without droppin' out of the race
Can’t make any personal calls
Cause my telephone has a tap
I’m all over the grocery store
I got reporters all over my back
That’s the price of fame
And everybody knows your name
That’s the price of fame
And everybody has to pay

They track me down like the FBI
As fast as the eye can see
Somebody must be talkin'
Cause they sure put the finger on me

I’m runnin’ out of patience
It’s so hard to keep my cool
Poppin’ pills and drinkin’ liquor
And actin’ like a fool
Gonna check into Betty Ford
To get some peace of mind
I got to get my life together
I’m runnin’ out of time
That’s the price of fame
And everybody knows your name
That’s the price of fame
And everybody has to pay

Love's Gonna Find You

Written By: John A. Parker

It's not a matter of where or when
You'll pay the price again and again
There's no hidin' or runnin' away
Loves gonna find you before you can stray
Too far

I can't say I didn't see it comin'
I'm not blind, I just can't see
Up ahead, the signs are blurry
Now I'm the victim in my own dreams

I toss and turn
Dreamin 'bout this woman
I'm losin' sleep
Wonderin' if I'll ever be free
I can't break her hold
I can't shake myself free
The harder I try
The deeper I dig

I guess it's hopeless, a thing of the past
I should've known that it wouldn't last
Too many secrets, a very dark past
I can't deny, you've got the last laugh

I toss and turn
Dreamin 'bout this woman
I'm losin' sleep
Wonderin' if I'll ever be free
I can't break her hold
I can't shake myself free
The harder I try
The deeper I dig

Discography

Single Releases & CDs available for purchase and/or download thru various outlets such as CDBaby, BandVillage, Itunes, Broadjam, RunningMonkey.net and ISound.

John Parker (Self Titled) CD / Released 2008:

I Got A New Car - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
The Price Of Fame - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
Ain't Gonna Give Up - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
Forget All My Fears - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
Loves Gonna Find You - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
I've Got the Blues Baby - Lyrics by Barry Rodriguez & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
Hopeless Romance - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
My Valentine - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
Early In The Morning - Lyrics & Music by L. Hickman, L. Jordan & D. Bartley
I'll Never Be Free - Lyrics & Music by B. Benjamin & G. Weiss
Queen Of The Damned - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
Waitin' For The Water To Rise - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI

John Parker & Forced Call (Off The Clock) CD / Released 2005:

No Place Left To Hide - Lyrics & Music by Danny Costello
City Nights - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
So Good, So Bad - Lyrics & Music by Danny Costello
The Only Thing - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
Rock N Roll - Lyrics & Music by Danny Costello
Things Are Gonna Be Different - Lyrics & Music by John A. Parker - BMI
Red, White And Blue - Danny Costello
Walkin' Out On You - John Parker
The Truth Will Set You Free - Danny Costello
When I Reach My Destination - John Parker

John Parker (Not Yet Released Instrumental) CD:

Out On The Town (Instrumental) - John Parker
Sunday Morning Blues (Instrumental) - John Parker
By The Time I Get Back Home (Instrumental) - John Parker