Jim is the creator and host of a popular series at the Von Braun Center Playhouse in Huntsville, AL called Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series© where he showcases the incredible talent of his hit songwriter friends from Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Canada and surrounding areas. The dinner-theater atmosphere has created a highly anticipated monthly event where people listen to great songs from the people who wrote them and hear the stories behind their songs. Without the songwriter there would be no music because “it all begins with a song.”
Listen to Think or Not
with Ed Beaver
All it took was holding his first guitar at the age of eighteen (1961) that was given to him by his sister’s boyfriend, Jimmy Gilmer, who had a hit song in the sixties called Sugar Shack. Within a year he was playing in a band and later became a founding member of The Illusions and landed a record deal with Dot Records. In the early sixties he and his buddies decided to leave their hometown of Amarillo, Texas, and head to Los Angeles. During that time, The Illusions became The Kitchen Cinq recording with Lee Hazelwood’s LHI label for three years and this later led to jobs with other recording bands like Armageddon and THEM (post Van Morrison) with some studio work with various recording artists Sonny and Cher on the side. One example is Sonny & Cher.
Moving to Nashville in 1975 was the beginning of another fantastic phase of Jim’s career where he met a young John Anderson and began writing successful chart songs. Then Jim branched out and has co-written with many #1, Hall of Fame and Grammy winning songwriters over the years and continues to do so today.
EXTENSIVE LIVE PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT THE STATES Invited guest of the Bluebird, Puckett’s, The Listening Room, Tin Pan South, Frank Brown Songwriter Festival, Pensacola Songwriters Festival, Port Saint Joe Songwriter Festival, Navarre Beach Songwriter Festival with house concerts scattered throughout the States.
JIM PARKER’S SONGWRITERS SERIES ® at the VON BRAUN CENTER (VBC) in Huntsville, AL In March of 2005, Jim Parker began hosting his Songwriter’s Series at the VBC Playhouse in Huntsville, AL continuing to present North Alabama and the surrounding area with professional songwriters from Nashville, Atlanta, Muscle Shoals, Memphis, Los Angeles, Canada and other areas.
THE ACOUSTIC SONGWRITER SHOWCASE at BEEF O’BRADY’S (Songwriters Showcase with Professional Songwriters In The Round) 2/2005 to 4/2005 – Weekly venue presenting North Alabama and surrounding area with professional songwriters from Nashville, Atlanta,
Thank You Lee Oskar for providing me with quality harmonicas, I greatly appreciate it. We just now relaunched the show this month. Bobby Pizazz
Thank You so much Roguie Ray LaMontagne for making a custom set of Rainbow Colored Harmonicas. Bobby Pizazz
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