Parker Macy Blues Band, Jeramiah Red, Motorbike

Parker Macy Blues Band

When a music journalist is interviewing an emerging talent like guitar player, songwriter and singer Parker Macy, an almost mandatory and often revealing question is: Who are your biggest musical influences? That’s exactly what I asked the young Blues man in the spring of 2010 while sitting in a coffee shop in his hometown of Costa Mesa, California.

His answer was the cosmic super group of Edwards, Hopkins, Johnson and Young. The Reno, Nevada native first heard David “Honeyboy” Edwards on a vinyl record as a child. At the moment the youngster heard the old Delta Blues man, Macy’s path was set and his journey was under way. I asked the 25 year old musician how Edwards and Lightnin’ Hopkins and to a slightly lesser extent Robert Johnson had such an impact on him. Parker told me that it was “the emotion and feeling as well as the overall vibe” that took hold of his soul. The music and the art form that is the Blues grabbed Parker Macy and hasn’t let go.

Parker’s father, a fire and brimstone preacher, bestowed on his son one of the toughest lessons any parent can pass down to their children. He explained that Neil Young’s song Ohio described a real event and that the murders that took place at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 were not just an isolated gross misuse of power by our government but is a symptom of a much larger problem. The way in which Neil Young engaged this tragedy and used his art as a platform for expression was an epiphanic event for Parker. The power of the troubadour can be real. The problems we face as a society are real and Parker Macy, like the Blues is real.

Parker feels that Blues music is the best vehicle for him to communicate his thoughts and feelings on a variety of subjects. The young man who performs as Parker Macy Blues told me: “Being on stage is the only place where I can get people to shut up and listen to what I have to say.” For those who listen, they are in for an experience they will not soon forget.

Parker Macy’s two albums feature almost exclusively original songs. He performs his powerful music in a stripped down, acoustic setting that adds to the material’s intimacy yet enhances its power at the same time. Parker’s two fisted, bare knuckles approach to his performances is in the tradition of the old Blues masters but has a contemporary feel that has captured the attention of a new generation of fans.

Fire and brimstone can cut both ways. The award winning Parker Macy spins tales that are as large as the social and the geopolitical landscape and as personal yet no less vexing as the eternal mystery that is the dance between men and woman. You add whiskey and sex to that ballet and you are in for a wild ride. Parker Macy is a guitar slingin’ tour guide that will navigate your soul through a maze of hazards that will leave you breathless.

I can picture an interview taking place thirty years from now when the question is put to a talented, young musician as to their biggest musical influence. The answer might very well be: Parker Macy.

David Mac
Blues Junction Productions
davmc@sbcglobal.net

Jeramiah Red

Amidst a sea of introverted indie sets and beach inspired sing-alongs, Jeramiah Red came barreling through Orange County in 2010 like a tidal wave of sound. Their boot stomping combination of blues guitar, steel-driven harmonica, and raucous vocals, created a perfect storm that continues to destroy everything in its path.

Wes Dickson (vocals, guitar), Ian Cullen (lead guitar, vocals), Travis Ruiz (harmonica, percussion, graphic design), Tim Miller (bass), and Matt Pleskacz (drums), had played together in different incarnations throughout the years, however, after shedding the skins of their previous bands, found what they refer to as a “brotherhood” in Jeramiah Red.

The band came out the gate with their first record in 2011, wearing both their classic and contemporary rock influences proudly on their sleeves. This five song EP, Ghost Tracks from the Getty, kicked up the dust in the local scene, and earned Jeramiah Red awards in the categories of “Best New Artist,” and “Best Blues” at the 2012 Orange County Music Awards, and “Best Rock” at the 2013 ceremony. Their debut single, “My Baby,” currently plays at the Honda Center every time the Anaheim Ducks win a game, inciting the arena with the driving riffs and infectious melodies that have become the cornerstone of JRED’s sound.

This fast acclaim gave weighted meaning to the phrase, “highly anticipated album,” however the band consciously allowed themselves time to develop their sophomore effort, which was recorded with producer Jon O'Brien at the Music Box Studios in Irvine, California.
Refusing to rest on old laurels and determined to push new boundaries, Jeramiah Red’s forthcoming release, The Winter Tick, unveils a group that, after undergoing a self-imposed hibernation, re-emerges as a band in complete control of both their voice and the music they have created. On tracks like, “Oh Pardon Me,” the band’s signature tempo changes and foot-stamping breakdowns are hitting harder than ever, meanwhile their confidence has given way to a softer side on lyrically vulnerable songs like, “Tangled Up.” There is a sense of presence and charge throughout the entire album that makes a believer out of the first-time listener, and a die-hard out of the casual fan.

Given all of this, it’s the merciless attack Jeramiah Red brings to a live performance that truly legitimizes them as one of Southern California’s top up and comers. Throughout a set they effortlessly anticipate the listeners experience—forcing you to continuously redefine and reconnect as they switch from gear to gear without warning.

This band of brothers dons their instruments like weaponry, ready to unleash an arsenal of music with the vengeance of soldiers on the front line—and at the end of each show, Jeramiah Red leaves the stage like a battlefield… dripping with sweat, soaked in blood, but with a victory flag waving high.

Motorbike

MotorBike has a creative energy
that is unlike the other duo's, with only having Bass and Drums on the stage Motorbike sounds like a full band.

They are definanlty a band to watch out for.

-Alu Gravada-
Rollingstone Magazine, UK

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Monday, November 4 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Detroit Bar

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