John T. Parks
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John T. Parks

Batesville, Arkansas, United States

Batesville, Arkansas, United States
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Sleeping in the Henhouse- 2011



John T. Parks is a singer/ songwriter from Batesville, AR. He plays and writes a variety of music, with a strong foundation in blues, folk, and early American music. He has the heart of a storyteller, an ear for catchy melodies, and has received nods from such people as recording artists Ha Ha Tonka, Amy Lavere, and George Receli, long-time drummer for Bob Dylan.
His sound is a culmination of musical and cultural influences that surround his hometown. Batesville, known as the gateway to the Ozarks, is settled between the primal delta blues mecca of Memphis and Mountain View, the “folk music capital of the world.” During his teenage years, Parks railed against his surroundings, delving instead into “any kind of rock music” he could get his hands on.
“I always had a love for good story songs, and so as I began to write, that was what I wanted to create. They feel so much more rewarding, when you can weave a story out within a few verses.” Parks started playing guitar at 12, inadvertently in the style of Elizabeth Cotton (a right-handed guitar held upside-down), and since then, this self-taught musician has picked up several instruments, including the banjo, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, and harmonica.
Late last spring, Parks released his second effort, Sleeping in the Henhouse. Since then, he has been playing shows promoting the album across Arkansas and traveling some, performing in Colorado and more recently at New York’s Chelsea Arts Center. He has established a loyal fan base, and his popularity continues to grow as his music is distributed to a broader audience, young and old alike. “I like the fact that what I do isn’t just pigeon-holed for one certain audience. I’ve had teenagers tell me that they listen to (the cd) with their grandparents. People just like good music, young or old.”
Since the release of the cd, John received much acclaim for his new tunes. “It pleases me to see that people like these new songs. I put a lot of work into my writing, and the big payoff is seeing them enjoyed by others.” Henhouse is a slyly crafted mixture of old ragtime ditties, sparse acoustic tracks, and raucous stompers that evoke images of old western reveries, despondent drifters, weary characters of bygone eras, and a sense of southern pride, even in the face of destitution.
Also lending their talents to the effort are several long-time personal friends, including professional drummer Jason Moser, Jerry Bone (long-time bass player for David Lynn Jones), and national fingerpicking champion Danny Dozier. Fellow artists Penny Wolfe and Sarah Jo Roark also lend their vocals to two tracks.
Sleeping in the Henhouse can be previewed and purchased online at, and John can be contacted at or

“…John Parks has as unique a sound as I've ever heard and I've heard it all...” – Matt Tallant, Jonesboro Radio Group