songwriter genuinely literate, sometimes almost literary, Ian is an
original craftsman. Expressed through a distinctive bitter-sweet vocal
delivery, Ian's songs hold nothing back. His ability and willingness to
share with his audience, naked honesty and genuine emotion, is what sets
Ianís career took off in the summer of 2003, when he signed to Ruf
Records following a personal introduction to US record producer, David Z
(Prince - Purple Rain). His debut album 'INSIDE' (Ruf1094) was released
in October of that year.
Further albums, live DVDs and extensive tours of Europe and the USA
followed, with Parker always seeking new musical avenues to explore,
never content to merely rehash old ideas, no matter how successful they
may have been. To this end, Ian is something of journeyman, guided by
his art and his self-confessed emotional need to express his soul
His journey has taken unexpected turns, testing his loyal following from
time to time, but the integrity of his writing, the quality of his
distinctive voice and the soulful nature of his signature guitar playing
have always been the bedrock of his work.
Following the release of Politik Blues (Eye-Pea002) in April 2015, Ian
refocused his attention on the Stratocaster-driven blues music he began
building his reputation on, more than twenty years ago.
Joined onstage by David Jenkins (bass), Chris Finn (drums) and his
long-time collaborator Morg Morgan (keys), Parker is entering a new and
exciting phase of his remarkable career. Freed from the shackles of
being the new kid on the block vying for attention in an over-saturated
market, Parker approaches his music, these days, with the calm,
self-assurance which accompanies one who has, to some extent, been there
and done it.
Nothing to prove and still so much to say, Ian Parker remains an act not
to be missed.