For Immediate Release
The Arts Council
Contact: Kevin Ledgewood
VETERAN GUITARIST WALTER PARKS FEATURED ON BAMA THEATRE’S ACOUSTIC NIGHT
(Tuscaloosa) Guitarist Walter Parks will be featured on Acoustic Night on October 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, Acoustic Night features both established and upcoming musicians from around the country throughout the calendar year in the intimate setting of the Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room.
Cover charge is $10 with a full service bar available.
Over the past three decades, Walter Parks has forged a distinctive international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens. He also forms half of the folk-duo The Nudes and is guitarist and leader of the swamp/blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage. With the release of Walter Parks on Judy Collins’ Wildflower Records in September 2010, he has made his debut as a solo artist. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Parks notes that “classical music was offered in public schools when I was a kid,” and his music career began with studying the viola in the sixth through eighth grades. Parks eventually transitioned to the guitar and, in 1973, he formed his first music group. Playing Navy bases, country clubs, cotillions, DeMolay Halls and even church dances, the group called itself The Parental Tears Band.
Parks followed various career paths including business/retail, but the energy of New York City, where he now resides, continued to draw him back. While his music projects might seem to be from opposite worlds, they all express elements of his diverse background and balance integral parts of his personality. A common thread through all of Parks’ projects is his use of non-traditional guitar chords inspired by the chord voicings of jazz pianists and steel guitar players.
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