Hit Singer-Songwriter Lee Roy Parnell’s First Album In 11 Years
Ace guitarist and hit singer/songwriter Lee Roy Parnell has released his first album in 11 years, Midnight Believer. The 10-track project has been released by Vector Recordings/BFD and is available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, other digital music outlets, and where music is purchased.
“Midnight Believer is a natural progression for me. It’s honest and it’s authentic. We had the creative freedom to pull out all the stops. The grooves are deep. The lyrics are thought provoking and the whole record is seeping with Soul. I’m very satisfied and proud of this one!” states Lee Roy Parnell.
Parnell produced the album and co-wrote all 10 songs with award-winning songwriter Greg Barnhill. The moving song “Sunny Days” features a special guest appearance by The Fairfield Four. It marks the second time Parnell has collaborated with the gospel legends.
Midnight Believer is full of the soulful, guitar-driven, from the heart music Parnell is best known for. Releasing an album after 11 years gives proof to his mantra that “lifers don’t quit.”
“A fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul and Southern rock traditions.” – No Depression
“Parnell’s range of musical styles is equally impressive, covering blue-eyed soul, delta blues, road house rock, southern boogie, Texas swing, and gospel, sometimes covering some of these styles in the same song.” – Rock and Blues Muse
“The key to the album is those soft, sweet moments when Parnell gets to ride a laid-back rhythm, croon words of love, and lay down a few lyrical leads.” – AllMusic.com
Midnight Believer Track Listing:
1. Hours in Between
2. Midnight Believer
4. Too Far Gone
5. Sunny Days feat. The Fairfield Four
6. Hair of the Dog
7. Want Whatcha’ Have
8. Going Uptown
9. Tied up and Tangled
10. Some Time Ago
No Depression may have said it best when they called Lee Roy Parnell “a fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul, and Southern rock traditions.” After honing his skills over more than a decade of playing clubs in Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York, the triple-threat artist known for his guitar prowess (particularly slide guitar), smooth soul-drenched voice, and top-shelf songwriting skills laid a new foundation in Nashville. After earning a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Café and a publishing contract, Parnell launched his solo career on Arista Records, which produced many country hits, including “A Little Bit Of You” (#1 hit), “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” & “Tender Moment” (#2 hits), and four other Top 10 hits: “Love Without Mercy,” “On The Road,” “I’m Holding My Own,” and “Heart’s Desire.” Parnell has earned two GRAMMY® Award nominations for his instrumental tracks, “Cat Walk” (with Flaco Jiménez) and “Mama, Screw Your Wig On Tight” and was nominated for the CMA Vocal Event of the Year on “John the Revelator” (with The Fairfield Four). Gibson has honored Parnell with the creation and production of the Lee Roy Parnell Signature ’57 Les Paul Goldtop guitar, modeled after the only guitar Parnell owned from the time he was 15 years old until he was well into his 30’s. During his storied career, Parnell has toured/collaborated with many music legends including The Allman Brothers Band, Merle Haggard, Delbert McClinton, and Bonnie Raitt. In 2011, Parnell was presented with his most cherished honor: being inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, joining the likes of such talented composers as Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, JD Souther, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and others.