Parker Gispert

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TIGHTEN UP YOUR WHIGS: The Whigs‘ Parker Gispert goes the solo route, Feb. 2.
Thursday February 2, 2023 07:00 PM EST
Cost: $15+
CL Critic Hal Horowtiz Recommends: The Whigs haven’t officially disbanded, but frontman and co-founder Gispert has now released two fine solo albums, perhaps in anticipation of the band calling it quits; the band hasn’t released anything new since 2014. Regardless, both of Gispert’s discs have him crafting melodic Americana with pop hooks, lots of memorable, sometimes dreamy, strummy melodies and even some raw guitar solos, somewhat similar to Luna but distinct from harder rocking approach of The Whigs. — HH

From the venue:

Parker Gispert

Parker Gispert formed The Whigs in 2002 along with Julian Dorio, and Hank Sullivant in Athens, Georgia. The band toured the world consistently from 2005-2015 as headliners and as openers for the likes of Kings of Leon, Black Keys, and Jason Isbell while also appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman four times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno twice, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! twice. The Whigs have released five studio albums and one live album on both ATO Records and New West Records.

“Golden Years”?, Parker’s new solo album, is a pure rock n roll album produced by Gispert & Roger Moutenot (Lou Reed, Yo La Tengo, John Zorn) and released Sept 3, 2022 by New West / Normaltown Records. American Songwriter says, “?Golden Years emerges as an astute combination of glee and gravitas in equal measure. Gispert takes nothing for granted, and every note and nuance testify to his agility and ability.”

“Sunlight Tonight”, Parker’s first album as a solo artist was released in November 2018 by New West / Normaltown Records to much critical acclaim including being described by Pop Matters as, “a pastoral, folk-cum-American Primitive masterpiece.”? The album was produced, mixed, and engineered by Grammy Award winner Emery Dobyns (Antony and The Johnsons, Patti Smith) and includes contributions from Patrick Carney (Black Keys), Sol Seppy (Sparklehorse), Samuel Dixon (Adele), and Faye Webster among others. Parker supported the album with a headlining club tour and support tours for Valerie June, SUSTO, RNDM (featuring Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam), and Futurebirds.

Parker co-wrote “Private Public Breakdown” w/ Alice Cooper and producer Bob Ezrin which appears on the Alice Cooper album “Paranormal.”? Parker graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in philosophy and currently lives in Nashville, TN.


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