Santa Fe Performance Exchange
Bringing local and national musicians to Santa Fe venues
Lee Roy Parnell and Jay Boy Adams

Sunday, May 14, 2017, Lee Roy Parnell with Jay Boy Adams Admission: $30

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, Parnell’s 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 Friedman’s Texas Jewboys in his late teens and moved to Austin in 1974 to join the city’s 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, Parnell’s self-titled debut album featured a collection of horn-driven country-soul. It received good reviews but didn’t break him commercially; that would happen with 1992′s Love Without Mercy, which emphasized Parnell’s 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.

Jay Boy Adams is another legendary Texas musician. Lee Roy and Jay Boy will be getting together 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 spits his time between Texas, and his adopted home of Santa Fe, where he has become a cherished member of the local music community.

Presented in collaboration with Southwest Roots Music and The Kitchen Sink Recording Studio