Bluegrass musician and composer Jeff Parker will be kicking off the University of Findlay’s spring Music Bach’s Concert Series along with a few members of his band, on Friday, Feb. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium. The concert is free and open to the public.
Parker learned to play guitar from his father, Vester, when he was 6 years old. After tackling the guitar, he moved on to other instruments. At age 12 he was inspired by Harold Russell of the Russell Brothers and Doyle Lawson to play mandolin. Soon after, Jeff joined his dad and other family members, playing at area churches and radio stations. They became known as the Sounds of Gospel.
For 10 years Parker served as a member of the staff band at the legendary Renfro Valley Entertainment Center as a utility/lead and harmony vocals musician. During his tenure there he received numerous awards for his musicianship.
In 2001 he toured with the award winning band, The Lonesome River Band. He was their lead/tenor vocal and Mandolin player for 5 years. Highlights of his time with Lonesome River Band included releasing 3 records, touring all over the USA and performing in the world famous Grand Ole Opry.
For the past ten years Parker has been touring with Grammy nominees and Grand Ole Opry members Dailey & Vincent. He plays mandolin, lead and harmony vocals. The group averages 150 days on the road a year. They perform at venues including Carnegie Hall, and have logged over 100 appearances at the famous Grand Ole Opry, on cruise lines, and more. During his 10 years with Dailey & Vincent the group has released six records, “Dailey & Vincent Show” DVDs and instructional vocal DVDs. Parker can also be seen on “The Dailey & Vincent Show” that airs on RFDTV. Parker has been seen on Bill Gather gospel shows, Country Music Hall of fame shows, Country Music Fan Fest, and so much more!
When not touring nationally and internationally with Dailey & Vincent, Parker writes and performs his own music. He has co-produced four of his own solo records which includes a Christmas album. He is currently working on a new album to be released later this year. Additionally, in his down time, Parker tours with his own group, “JEFF PARKER BAND.”
When asked, Parker will tell you, “I am thankful and blessed beyond measure to do what I love and travel the world making music!”
For more information on Parker, visit www.jeffparker.com
The Music Bach’s Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by Student Activities Board, “your source for diverse edutainment.” For additional information, call 419-434-4606.