Walter Parks and Swamp Cabbage at Gram Parson's Derry Down
Apr 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Veteran blues, jazz guitarist, and Florida native, Walter Parks has built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, as half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and as leader of the neo-southern rock group Swamp Cabbage.
Walter Parks’ unique guitar concept is a banjo-esque fingerpicking style that toggles between expressing the swamp’s foggy, ambient underbelly and its eminent danger via the use of a modicum of pleasant distortion.
Inspired by the sultry black gospel that wails from churches and roadhouses in the southeast, Parks’ raspy vocal lows and soaring operatic falsetto explore the frontier of the modern human spirit in search of a place where it can flourish.
Swamp Cabbage extracts as much music as possible from the quintessential rock and roll format – a guitar, bass and drum trio. The songs are built around gnarly unique southern- rock sounding riffs yet the rhythms derive from blues, soul and funk. The verses, choruses and bridges are threaded together by jazz and classical harmonic concepts that employ Walter Parks’ musical training in those genres. In contrast the lyrics of the tunes are far less serious.
Listen closely and take a satirical travelogue through Walter Parks’ colorful northeast Florida upbringing replete with tales of door-to-door evangelism and living off the grid. In concert, Parks, a storyteller of sorts, challenges himself to spin comedic falsehoods of preparation for songs that follow. Every show is unique.