"Thirsty Thursday" Featuring Jeremy Parsons
Thank you so much for chatting with us Jeremy! For newer fans, how did your passion for music and career come about? I was always a big fan of music but it wasn't until I was seventeen that I picked up the guitar. It just happened about right when I was looking for a new hobby. I got really in to picking and playing and it wasn't long after that I got inspired to start writing my own stuff. From there on it was music, music, music. A few years later I made the big move to Nashville where I would be based out of for ten years. I traveled to Norway, got a cut on a Grammy nominated bluegrass record, made three records of my own, two released and one set to come out soon, had a publishing deal, and made friends with some of my heroes. I did all I could possibly do in that town except sell my soul to a label. After that I decided to come back home to keep the dream alive. Since then I have been consistently touring all over Texas and having a blast!
What was the best piece of advice you've ever been given about pursuing a career in music?Have realistic expectations and always read the fine print. That last piece of advice will save you tons of time and money too. We work and live in an industry where people love to put there names on things that aren't theirs. Also just an extra piece from me by way of my father, if you're doing it and you don't love it, you're probably not doing the right thing. Do what you love and love what you do!
If you could have penned a song in any genre what would it have been? First one that comes to mind is "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," made famous by Eli Young Band but written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay. I think it's the most perfect anthem for musicians and dreamers alike.
You recently released your new single, "Makin' Things Up As I Go," that you wrote. Tell us about the writing process and where the idea came from. "Makin' Things Up As I Go," was a necessary song to write and to go on my record "Things I Need To Say." I wrote it in the midst of life coming down hard on me in all directions. I had written an album that I personally connected with but realized might be generally heavy for other listeners so I wanted to include something on the record that would be real but also a fun listen. That's when it all came to life. I was sitting in my room and started playing that melody and the truth just fell out like it always does. One thing I've realized as I've gotten older is that we have so little control over anything. You're here and then you're not. You make the best of it and make it up as you go. One step at a time, one day at a time. I truly believe that and that's why it fit so perfect on the record and was the obvious way to send the it out as far as making this the last single off of the project.
Is there any news for the forthcoming album? I'm excited to say I've finished recording my third full length album and I can tell you it's going to be called "Things To Come." I have no idea on a release date yet for the album but I have been thinking about the first single and things are in motion. Just keep checking back in with me and I'll keep letting you know but I plan to put something out this year for sure. 2020 will bring new music from me to y'all and I'm very excited to share with everyone. It's definitely my new most favorite thing I've ever made.
Favorite music to listen to while you cook? I usually listen to Tom Petty while I cook. I'm not quite sure why that is though. I listen to Tom Petty a lot I guess but he's my favorite as far as cooking jams goes. I could just put on "Runnin' Down A Dream" on repeat and go nuts.
How do you drink your coffee? The joke amongst my friend group is that I like hot sugar milk! I usually like to try something super sweet if I'm trying out a new coffee spot. But if I'm just placing a regular cup of joe order I'm getting a coffee with two creams and two sugars.
What is your favorite breakfast? My favorite breakfast is three eggs made sunny side up, with four slices of Turkey bacon, a piece of toast, and a big cup of hot sugar milk (my kind of coffee).
What is your favorite sandwich? My most favorite sandwich in the world came from a place in Keystone South Dakota over by Mount Rushmore. It's called Teddy's Deli and the owner made me a turkey, bacon, avocado sandwich that was absolutely the greatest thing I've ever tasted. I talk about that sandwich and experience more than I talk about my own music career.
If you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? If I could be sponsored by any brand I would have to go with the Mineral Water beverage Topo Chico! I had to quit drinking 3 1/2 years ago and now Topo's all I drink at my gigs or when I go out to bars with friends. It's been my steady and made the transition way more comforting.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn't until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music.
Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his occupation.
Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. The first single from his latest album, “Things I Need To Say” was the Top 40 Roots Music Report and IndieWorld Report track, "Burn This House Down." The song paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. It will stick with you long after your first listen. That single was followed up by the equally well-received, “Why is the Bluebird Blue,” also s a Top 40 Roots Report americana single. “Bluebird” also reached #2 on the Hits You Love pop charts. The videos for both songs were nominated and selected for numerous Film Festivals, including the Jersey Shore Film Festival, Indie’s Best Films Festival, and the Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival.
Jeremy’s current single and video, “Making Things Up as I Go” have both charted nationally. Jeremy has been touring his home state of Texas throughout the latter part of 2019.