As a singer/songwriter, Dan Parsons conjures up the essence of troubadour folk-rock and classic Americana influences, exploring the triumphs and anxieties of the human experience. Evoking the sun-hazed days of Laurel Canyon combined with the cinematic shine of the iPhone generation, his rich baritone voice and deft guitar style never fail to enthrall audiences of all ages.
In August 2018 he released his new album ‘Sunday Morning Cinema’ and launched across the country on a national tour. The track ‘Dream On Lover’ landed on multiple Spotify-curated playlists around the world (Fresh Folk, New Music Friday), and the first single ‘Here Goes Nothin’ held the #1 spot on the AMRAP/AirIt regional charts for two weeks as well as receiving national rotation on ABC radio. In February of 2109, Parsons' was invited to showcase at the Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal, where he performed for industry and fans alike.
He has released three other critically acclaimed solo albums – ‘Firestarter’ (2010) which saw him showcase at Musexpo LA, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City UK, ‘Dan Parsons’ (2013) and ‘Valleywood’ (2015) which was nominated for ‘Best Folk-Roots Album’ in The Age Music Victoria Awards and saw him perform in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe. Parsons is also a highly sought after session musician, touring Australia and internationally with Marlon Williams, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ella Hooper and Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife.
Returning from a three-month joint tour, navigating the wild mountains roads and Great Lakes of Canada with fellow singer/songwriter Tracy McNeil, Dan Parsons returns home from a North American Summer to play a series of east coast Australia shows, both solo and with his trio.
'Dream on, Lover'
'It's Not Like I Need Somebody's Help'
'I'll Live and I'll Die'
“Sunday Morning Cinema is a glorious admixture of songwriting mastery, powerful vocal precision, and palpable reverence for West Coast country’s golden age”. Gareth Hipwell, Country Update Magazine
“This is the aural equivalent of an Anne Tyler novel; there are no gimmicks here and a note is never wasted – just brilliant storytelling: tight, bright and polished and utterly captivating”. Stephen Howlett, Americana UK
“This is an album for those who like their music intelligent and thoughtfully made; you can listen to this album over and over and it will always bring you something new each time. You can also simply close your eyes and let Parsons’ baritone call you closer, getting nearer to the centre of his story with each note.” Jolene The Country Music Blog
“There’s no doubt about it. Some of the finest Americana comes out of this wide brown land nowadays. Brisbane-raised, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Dan Parsons is yet another example… This one’s bound for local ‘Best Of 2018’ lists.” Chris Lambie, Rhythms Magazine
Noel Mengel / The Courier Mail (4 stars): “One of the pleasures of my role as a reviewer is keeping an eye on promising talent and seeing what is achieved with that raw material. Brisbane-raised, Melbourne-resident Parsons delivers his third and best album with Valleywood.”
Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine: “Oh what a voice! Elegant, pure, unhurried.”
Tegan Louise / Beat Magazine (4 stars): “Parsons is one of the few artists that I will watch silently for an entire set as he is commanding with his vocals, lyrics and guitar mastery…Valleywood is his first flirtation with mainstream folk, and he brings a new accessibility to his sound without losing his original country style. Pasons’ vocals have an uncanny ability to make you feel as if you are his only focus and priority – a quality I’ve yet to see in another musician.”
Music Pickings: “Staggeringly beautiful, honest and pure.”
Kat Mahina / The AU Review: “Parsons projects the unabashed confidence of youth with the hindsight of a man who has lived a thousand lives. He is an integral artist whose music never ceases to delight.”
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