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Lee Roy Parnell and Jay Boy Adams in concert - Long time friends swapping songs and stories
The Kitchen Sink Recording Studio
Santa Fe, NM
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Lee Roy Parnell and Jay Boy Adams in concert - Long time friends swapping songs and stories
Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the few who can be identified as a triple threat. An ace guitarist, as well as a distinctive singer, and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of diversity. Combining the influences of Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel, Parnells sound defies conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of musical sources and combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts.

Parnell was born in Abilene, TX, on December 21, 1956.  He joined Kinky Friedmans Texas Jewboys in his late teens and moved to Austin in 1974 to join the citys budding music scene. Parnell spent over a decade playing clubs in Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York while honing his style and songwriting.

Lee Roy moved to Nashville in 1987, where he quickly landed a publishing contract with Polygram Music, and a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Cafe. In 1989, he signed to Clive Davis Arista Records, led by friend and mentor, Tim Dubois. Produced by Barry Beckett, of the world-famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Parnells self-titled debut album featured a collection of horn-driven country-soul. It received good reviews but didnt break him commercially; that would happen with 1992s Love Without Mercy, which emphasized Parnells searing slide guitar skills. What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am and Tender Moment both went to number two on the charts, and the title track also made the Top Ten. 1993s On the Road produced two more Top Tens with its title track and Im Holding My Own. The Hank Williams / Ray Charles hit, Take These Chains From My Heart also made the Top 20. In 1995, Lee Roy was asked to help launch Aristas sister label, Career Records, with the release of We All Get Lucky Sometimes. The album spawned two Top Five hits in A Little Bit of You and Hearts Desire and featured duets with Trisha Yearwood and Mary Chapin Carpenter. A Little Bit of You was also a #1 hit on the Radio and Records Magazine charts; a first for a brand new label. During this time, Parnells sound was becoming more defined by roots and soul music. He was also allowed the creative freedom to record with some of his heroes, such as Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez. Their collaboration on the track Cat Walk garnered a Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental. Parnell released Every Nights A Saturday Night in 1997. The album included another duet with Trisha Yearwood and the Grammy nominated boogie-woogie instrumental, Mama Screw Your Wig On Tight, which was written and produced by Lee Roy and his entire band, The Hot Links (James Pennebaker / Kevin McKendree / Lee Roy Parnell / Lynn Williams / Stephen Mackey). Next up was Parnells Hits and Highways Ahead in 1999. Lee Roys recording of the Son House tune, John The Revelator, featuring the Fairfield Four, garnered a CMA nomination for Vocal Event of The Year. The album also included the popular track Honky Tonk Night Time Man, handpicked and sent to him by Lee Roys good friend and mentor, the legendary Merle Haggard. An official video was also produced for the song Lucky You, Lucky Me.

Following his deal at Arista and Career, Parnell was ready to expand his musical horizons and partnered up with the rootsy Vanguard label in Los Angeles. His debut album with them was 2001s Tell the Truth, which was recorded at the world-renowned Muscle Shoals Sound by Johnny Sandlin (chief engineer for Capricorn Records and The Allman Brothers Band). In keeping with his quest for more artistic freedom, he teamed back up with Universal South in 2006, to return to the studio to record Back to the Well. This album delved even further into his blues and southern soul roots.  The year 2011 brought Lee Roy Parnell what is probably his most cherished honor to date, when he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame. Parnell continues to produce and write with some of the most influential songwriters and recording artists nationwide as co-partner in his music publishing company, Dean Parnell Music, and is currently preparing for his first independent release.

Jay Boy Adams is another legendary Texas musician He'll be joining Lee Roy for this special night of music. He's a Top-Five Americana Chart artist who has toured with ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band,  Marshall Tucker Band Joe Cocker and Stephen Stills. In 2014, Jay Boy was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame (previous inductees include Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Mac Davis and Joe Ely).

In 1976, Adams signed with Atlantic Records, which in 1977 released his first music. After two albums with Atlantic, manager Bill Ham sent Adams to Capricorn Records in Macon, GA to record, with Paul Hornsby producing. In early 1981, before his Capricorn album was completed, the label filed bankruptcy. Some of Jay's his best work was locked away in the legal vault.  

Adams is known for his ability for storytelling in song, a mixture of blues, rock and roll, country, and folk music. In the early years, Adams often spent more than half of the year on concert tours. Now he splits his time between Texas, and his adopted home of Santa Fe, where he has become a cherished member of the local music community.


The Kitchen Sink Recording Studio (View)
528 Jose Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Southwest Roots Music
On BPT Since: Jan 10, 2013
The Kitchen Sink Recording Studio

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