Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life.
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BACKGROUND Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion:Did you live in a small town or big city?

Jimmy Parker:I was raised in the country on a farm. The nearest town was about 7 miles from my house. I was born in the state of Virginia. My family were hard workers in the fields where we raised corn and peanuts.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you attend church?

Jimmy Parker:Yes.I was raised with Christian values, baptized at an early age.We loved going to Church back then.I always shook the preacher’s hand at the end of the service and told him he gave a nice sermon.Bible school,sunday school…it was how we were raised back then.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters,?if so,Are you the oldest?middle?youngest child

Jimmy Parker:I am the oldest of 4. I have three sisters.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Jimmy Parker:Yes,I graduated High School in 1968.I went on to College and obtained a master’s degree.
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Country Music Explosion:What were your fondest memories in school?

Jimmy Parker:I remember loving going to school. I had great friends I grew up with. I also had my favorite teachers too. Playing on the baseball team all through high school and college were great memories too. Plus the prom, the graduation ceremonies, and things like are all great memories.
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Country Music Explosion:What did you like to do growing up?

Jimmy Parker:I was an outdoorsy type of person. I was outside doing something all day long. I loved playing baseball. I wanted to be a baseball player when I was a kid. I also enjoyed the imagination and creativity the outdoors allowed me to use. I’d pretend to be some of my favorite icons in baseball and in football. Never did care for basketball that much. I did have a basketball goal that I nailed to the side of a wood framed building. It was kind of low so I could dunk the basketball being as I was a short dude. Haha. But being outdoors was my thing growing up.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to friends at school,Do you still stay in contact with them?what kind of things did you all like to do together?

Jimmy Parker:There are a few. Some have even sponsored shows for me the past few years. Friendship is a forever thing with me. I always keep in touch as best as I can with my friends wherever they are. Sometimes its hard but I never forget them.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now

Jimmy Parker:Hmmmm,hobbies.Well,back in my younger days growing up I played sports like baseball and football.I also loved board games.But a hobby? I used to try to draw.I enjoyed cartoons and used to sit and try to create them with my own drawings.I also liked playing the piano and then the guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:What would you consider to be the greatest moment in your life?

Jimmy Parker:Gosh, that’s a hard one. There’s been so many. Getting married to my late wife, receiving Entertainer of the Year Awards for two years in a row for the Josie Music Awards. Making my first video…going to Los Angeles and filming videos. Being seen on Television on the show, “Nashville.” Gosh, its just so many to mention.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Jimmy Parker:I listen mostly to country music, the traditional kind. I also like to listen to some blues, a little jazz, and classic rock.
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Country Music Explosion:What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Jimmy Parker:Haha….I do not keep anything embarrassing on my MP3 player. At least not to me. LOL.
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Jimmy Parker:Actually, anywhere. I love to sing and entertain. But if I had to pick a place or two….hmmm….well Radio City Music Hall in New York; Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Wow, they would be two awesome places to perform in.
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Jimmy Parker:It would not matter to me. I would appreciate the opportunity to open for anyone. But, if I had to really choose right now….hmmm…maybe Tim McGraw. He was my best man when I got married in 1991. I’d love to work with him. We used to sing a lot around Nashville in the clubs before he made it big. It would be great to see him again.
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Country Music Explosion:If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?

Jimmy Parker:In reality…probably still teaching school. I am a retired school teacher. In imagination….Acting in movies. I have a hidden passion for acting and in Hollywood it doesn’t matter who you are…you have a chance to do that as they need all races, ages, looks, for all kinds of roles and characters. I’d also think I’d like to be a successful businessman in another life. HAHA…
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Country Music Explosion:If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Jimmy Parker:late 60’s and 70’s style classic rock. Loved that music. I was a rock ’n’ roller back in my younger days.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Jimmy Parker:I wouldn’t say “can’t stand” as I respect all genres of music…but If I have to pick a genre of music I’d prefer not to listen to it would be hip-hop/gangsta, head banging loud rock music. Just don’t care to listen to that stuff. I still respect the artist and writers, but its not my styles.
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Country Music Explosion:What hidden talents do you have?

Jimmy Parker:Well, I am a trained photographer. I was a US Army photographer for 7 years. I like taking pics but I don’t do it as much as I used to. I also like script writing for movies. ITs hard…but challenging. I’ve written short scripts for things like actor’s reels and screen test, but haven’t gotten a long movie script done yet. Still working on that aspect.
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MUSIC Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion:How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a singer?at the time did you know what Genre you wanted to sing ?

Jimmy Parker:In the 60’s and early 70’s if you’d have asked me that I would have answered a rock ’n’ roller. I didn’t really take it serious because I was concentrating of school and baseball. But if I wanted to have been a singer then, I would have gone after that genre.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process you go through when doing a gig?or in the studio?How do you decide which song to perform or record first?

Jimmy Parker:I never turn down a gig if I think it can help my career.I do mostly House Concerts today around the country.I have really increased my fan base with these shows.I tend not to do many clubs anymore because I want more of a show than just a band or singer in a club.My House Concerts are not parties…its a concert featuring my music on my cds and I am very entertaining with my shows.I will work listening rooms,cafes,etc.But barrooms are pretty much in the past for me.I’ll work them in Nashville but only on a limited basis.The studio can be very imtimidating.You have to prepare yourself.Usually in the beginning when you hear yourself for the first time/s,you’re really shocked.We hear our voices when we speak but it can be a totally different sound when you hear it for the first time in a studio.With that said, preparation is the answer.When I go in to do a song,I have worked on singing that song, learning (not just memorizing)the song and its meaning with hours of practice,and then getting in the studio with an open mind to any changes I feel like I can do or what my producer comes up with.The studio is where you learn how to sing the song.Practice is learning the song and the message in it.I have no process as to which one I do first.I usually record one song at a time until its completed.I never go in the studio to do 10 0r 15 songs at a time.You lose some creativity that way.But being in Nashville,I can stretch my recording sessions out over time. I am not rushed to do it all in one or two days so to speak because I am coming from out of town.
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Jimmy Parker:I still look at it as music is a universal language.Social media has been a god-send in a sense speaking for the independent artists.People get to hear their music.Unfortunately,in the same light,because we don’t have mainstream radio to help promote our songs,we have to post them on sites like MySpace(Is that still out there?), Reverbnation,Sound Cloud,and so on where people can hear it.And,they hear it for free.So,lot of people hear your music that way,but it doesn’t help in selling cds or downloads.Some say why buy it when I can just go hear and listen for free.I’ve gotten messages from fans saying that.But not all.I do sell cds,but not as many as I could if the music was only being heard on mainstream radio.I may be wrong but its a point that I think may be true.There are good things and not so good things about social media that help artists and the value of their music.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Jimmy Parker:I grew up on Piano. Today, I play the guitar in my shows. I use the piano today only to do vocal exercises and scales.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Jimmy Parker:Hahahaha, Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in 1965. It was the first song I learned on guitar and vocally. I had to audition for a band with that song and it got me the job. LOL
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Jimmy Parker:I grew up listening to my dad play piano and harmonica.He played by ear.Never had a lesson in his life. I learned a lot from him before I started taking lessons.Other than that I am the only one in my family that had musical interests.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Jimmy Parker:This is a tough one because there are so many out there in so many genre’s. As far as Rock Music? Wow, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers is a fantastic guitarist. Roy Clark is a great guitarist, Buddy Rich on the Drums….wow. So many.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Jimmy Parker:Well not considering myself to be a true musician as I don’t feature my guitar playing I’ll just pick out some singers I’ve learned from.When I decided to be a country singer,I was amazed with the vocals of Merle Haggard and eventually Keith Whitley.When I started going back in the years when I started studying the history of country music,I started listening to the great Lefty Frizzell. He influenced so many after him.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Jimmy Parker:In my House? Wow,back when I had some Grand Ole Opry people come in and sit around picking and singing.I had a gathering that day and my father in law (who played for Roy Acuff) got some people to come over and we all picked and sang.In my town?Well,since I call Nashville home,I just recently performed for the Josie Music Awards held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Theatre in Nashville.I sang my song that was nominated for Song of the Year.What an awesome feeling on that stage. Wow is all I can say.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Jimmy Parker:Of course.Lefty Frizzell was a big influence.Never heard of him growing up.When I started studying Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley they mentioned him quite often. Thats what led me to Lefty.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?

Jimmy Parker:Today?Tom Johnston,Mick Fleetwood,Roy Clark,as far as some of the musicians I admire.Groups?Fleetwood Mac;Shenandoah,Little Big Town,as far as groups.Of course,this is just off the cuff. I am sure I could think of more. ====================================================

Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Jimmy Parker:I used to do talent contests when I first got to Nashville.They were usually run by clubs.I’d win some and lose some. Usually was a small cash prize.I also was on the tv show,You Can Be a Star,on CMT back in the late 80’s.I came in second.I also have competed for “The Voice.”I was asked to sing another song,but never got called back after that.I am not keen on contests or competitions anymore.I prefer not to compete with my peers but rather respect them for what they do and have to go through to make it in this business.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Jimmy Parker:I do.As I mentioned above I perform House Concerts around the country.I also have done a lot of Background work on the TV Show,“Nashville.”And,I’ve been a cast member of an internet TV show called,“YeHaw Junction.”You can find some of those shows on youtube.It was fun doing those shows.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your preforming?

Jimmy Parker:The message I want to get across in my songs.If I think about what the audience is thinking,about how I sound, about what I look like, and things like that,then I am robbing the audience of what should be coming from my heart.There are skill you have to learn about performing.But everything has to come from your heart…and have fun with it.It may be job….but its a job that is tough to do if you don’t love it and have fun with it. Let your personality shine and let your songs come from the heart.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Jimmy Parker:Keep going.Don’t stop.Mistakes are gonna happen and you have to learn not to let it stop the process you are using when you sing that song.Keep it going.Use it to make your audience giggle if you want.One time,I asked the audience if they heard me make a mistake in the song I just sang.Some in the audience raised their hands and some said yes.I told them.”Good,I did it on purpose just to see if you were listening.”They all laughed.I had their attention.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Jimmy Parker:Doesn’t everyone? I don’t know one individual who doesn’t get nervous. In some cases it can be a scary situation.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Jimmy Parker:Accept feeling that way.But instead of letting the nervousness overcome you with panic and fear, channel that energy,that adrenaline,into a positive.Tell yourself you got this,tell yourself you can do it.Don’t dwell on forgetting words,on how bad you think you may look,or sound.Concentrate on getting on that stage,have fun,sing from your heart and just let it go. The audience is there to see you perform. They are human beings just like yourself.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Jimmy Parker:Yes and what makes a session a good one is camaraderie.Everyone has to be on the same page and relate to what you are trying to accomplish. Being alert, awake, and on the same page.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Jimmy Parker:That’s hard to say.For studio work I practice the song until I’m sort of sick of it.LOL.For shows,I go over my songs for a selected period of time depending on how long it is between shows.But I try to do something in the practice area everyday…but I do take time off now and then to rest up.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Jimmy Parker:All of that. You can never stop learning about your craft. Amateurs practice to get it right. Professionals practice so they don’t get it wrong.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Jimmy Parker:I use it as a part of my normal routine.Its a job like anything else.You find a way to put it in the balance.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If your signed,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Jimmy Parker:It doesn’t matter to me.I left the arena of chasing the dream by knocking on doors to bigger people several years ago.When I undertook my music as my own business,things started happening for me.Major Labels are not necessarily the only way to success.And success has many definitions in this business.Being a big star and making millions is not necessarily the secret to success.Being happy and love what you are doing no matter what level you’re at is a key. At least that is the way I look at it.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song,Album and is it available now for pre-order?

Jimmy Parker:I have a few singles off all of my albums I’ve never released and probably will be doing so in the future.I have five cds.Not sure if I will produce another one.But I still have a lot of songs on those cds,the public has not heard yet or radio has.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Jimmy Parker:Right now just through me via USPS.I used to try online sales but sales were very slow.I can sell over the phone now as I do take credit cards.If anyone is interested in getting any of my music they can email me at [email protected],I will respond and let them know how.Just make sure you put in the subject line cd inquiry so it won’t go to spam or junk mail.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you released any albums,cd's..if so can you tell us about them and the process you did to complete it(length of time,favorite song)

Jimmy Parker:Over the last 12 years to this point in time,I have recorded 6 cds.Over all since 1990 I have recorded 8.The last six I am most proud of.I found the best producer in this town to work with and he taught me so much about recording and singing in the studio.His name is Danny Muhammad and he is a genius in the studio as well as a perfectionist on his instruments…and believe me,he can play just about any instrument you put in front of him.
The process is simple for doing an album.One,don’t rush it.Pick your songs even if you record them one at a time over a period of time.Two.Rehearse your song/s over and over and over.Three,once in the studio,have an open mind.And be able to sing your songs without a lyric sheet in front of you.Four.be prepared to do re takes,over dubs,even if its a single word that needs to be replaced and listen to your producer,he/she hears things that you can’t.Its a long process getting to the finish line.After recording you got artwork,photography,graphics,mastering,duplication,etc.So much into getting a good cd out there.My favorite song I have ever recorded?Wow….A Soldier is Worth it to Me,You Never Know, so so many great songs we’ve done.
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Jimmy Parker:Just good plain music.I don’t know how long I have being as I’m 67 years old.But this business is in my heart and I still want to sing and entertain.When it stops being fun that’s when I will consider getting out.But until then, I’m continuing to do what I can and what I can afford financially to do.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you and/or band have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Jimmy Parker:I can be found at the following....

Website: www.jimmyparkermusic.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/parkersjukebox
www.facebook.com/JimmysHouseConcerts

Twitter: www.twitter.com/JimmyPmusic

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jp37216

Instagram: NO

Reverberation: www.reverbnation.com/jimmyparker
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Jimmy Parker:I do House Concerts and Theatre gigs right now around the country.I’m getting ready to take some time off and start booking my shows for next year.I like to book well ahead of time.The time of is to rest from the road. It can wear you out…especially if you drive yourself…which I do because I am a one man/solo act.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of?If so what is the name of it?

Jimmy Parker:Yes. A Soldier is Worth It To Me.
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Jimmy Parker:Based on truth.I went home to see my mom one christmas.She lives near a military base.I took her out to eat on Christmas eve.A soldier and his wife came in and sat across from us at another table.I began a conversation with them.He was getting ready to be shipped to Iraq.We had just gone to war with them.His wife was staying behind. She was obviously his pride and joy.Anyway,I bought them their dinner and thanked them both for their service.I got back to Nashville and thought the story was a great idea for a song.I got in touch with a friend and told her to come over and lets write this song.We had no title,just the story.So we wrote and wrote and wrote.We had this one last line that was holding us up from completion.We were busting our heads trying to think of a line and lots of ideas were coming out of our mouths.Nothing hit us.Then I started singing the song.When I got to the chorus(the last line of the chorus was the hold up)the line just came out of my mouth.That line became the title of the song,“A Soldier is Worth it To Me.” It just hit me when it came out.It fit the song well, no, it fit it perfectly.
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to?Can you tell us the story behind the song

Jimmy Parker:Three songs….”Daddy,” “When Daddy Drank,” and “You Never Know.” I didn’t write these songs,but boy what a message they send. I’ve had so many many people tell me how they relate to these songs.
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Jimmy Parker:Good down to earth country music with a story everyone can relate to.
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

Jimmy Parker:Probably middle age…but I have fans as young as 10 years old and as old as one can be.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Jimmy Parker:Tradtional country but sometimes with an edge.As I said earlier,Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley were my biggest influences.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about?(What specific themes do they cover?)

Jimmy Parker:Life and the ups and downs we all deal with.
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

Jimmy Parker:My music conveys stories…the listener can imagine it occurring in their minds.I try to paint a picture with my songs.The videos I’ve done reflect the song so well.Its not a negative image but a positive image of life and the vicissitudes of life we all endure.
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Jimmy Parker:I have performed all over the states…not all 50 but north to south,east to west.I’ve also performed in South Korea and three years of so ago I spent two weeks in Australia traveling around singing my music.I love singing my House Concerts.I get to see beautiful homes that people live in.I also like theatre with the best being the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Theatre in Nashville.My least favorite? Don’t know if I have one…though I don’t prefer to do bars anymore. Not to say I won’t but I don’t pursue that type of venue on my own.
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SONGWRITING Q&A SEGMENT

Country Music Explosion:Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Jimmy Parker:I have recorded many songs written by other writers.Some famous and some not so famous.I love songs that tell a story…that have a message to deliver.All the songs I have recorded I have experienced or know someone close to me who has experienced what the song is about.I doubt that will ever change for me.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Jimmy Parker:Nashville is the place to be basically speaking if you want to be a recording artist or musician, or just singer in the music business.Nashville has its style and you can usually tell if you have that “Nashville” experience or not.The music scene today is a lot different than when I got here 27 years ago.There are more clubs, there are tons more musicians and singing.The competition for work is tremendous.There are also more genres of music that have come to Nashville with the growth.ITs not just traditional country music anymore.As far as writing,I don’t try to let my surroundings and whats happening in the business determine what I write about when I do write.I write a song based on what I feel or am thinking at the time.I’m not worried about fitting a mold or being in the mainstream. ====================================================

Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Jimmy Parker:Feeling. It has to hit me to make me write. I am not a prolific writer. I can’t just sit down and write a song like so many writers can do. I admire professional writers who do it all the time.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Jimmy Parker:Well for me, the idea has to come to me from out of no where. It’s not just a a casual thought or meme that comes to me. I’ve written the few songs I have because the idea hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew I had a good idea for the song and they practically wrote themselves. If I had to just sit down and write that song it probably never would have happened
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Jimmy Parker:Hmmmm….I’m not sure.It must be crafted,you know the arrangement or structure of the song.Currently,I guess I could say I am in a writer’s block.I haven’t really written a song for about a year or so.I plan to try to get back to it soon.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Jimmy Parker:If I write the song,It has to be an idea that hits me.If I get a new song from someone that catches my ear I listen to it over and over several times.If its good it will keep my attention…if its so so I’ll drop it. That’s for me when I record. The song has to be good and I have to feel it after I’ve heard it many times.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about,please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Jimmy Parker:As I said,I am not a prolific songwriter.I do not have a trained method when I write a song.But I do believe it is a craft and needs perfection.Some songwriters write for 8 hours a day.Its their job.Others write one song a week or so.Research for songs?That depends upon what you write about and/or whether you need study on the topic you are writing about.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Jimmy Parker:Music is best in its “inexplicable nature.”How many times have you bought an album or cd because you like the hit song the artist had out.You listen to the cd and low and behold you hear a song that you like so much better.But…that song was never released to radio or ever promoted.It was just an album cut.Many cds,abulms have those songs know as fillers.Many of the cover songs I do are just filler songs.People have never heard them and they ask me did you write that when I perform them. Of Course I say no.A songwriter has a gift.It is derived from God and that is my opinion.I’m telling you now,it is a craft and a hard job.You just don’t become a writer.When that idea hits you it comes from out of left field.I don’t know a writer today that can tell you they thought about that hit song they wrote for very long.The idea hit them and they wrote the song.And sometimes,the words just flow out of your head into your hand. That has to come from somewhere….and that’s why I said songwriting is a gift from God.
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Country Music Explosion:In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Jimmy Parker:A song was mean’t to be listened to.Remember back in the days when you had just radio?You heard the song,it touched you,it had a story for you.Today we are filled with social media flooded with songs and videos.The introduction of a video cause people to look at a song instead of listen.That’s not to say people don’t hear it,but its different today than in the past.In the past people used their own imaginations to visualize the story of the songwriter.Today,they use the videos to see.If people could just hear a guitar/vocal demo of a song that became a hit song,they’d probably have a different interpretation that a final recording/video gives them.Its all interpretation by the writer, the artist, the producer, and the listener.
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to.. other artists or the fans, and how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Jimmy Parker:My obligation if to myself first.I am the one financing and building my career.I don’t have backing or big promotors,or agents on my band wagon.So I depend on myself and my own business skills to keep this going. Secondly,and probably the most important is my fans.I am so enthralled and honored to have so many great fans. Country music fans are the most loyal fans one could have.OF course there is an obligation to your fans.They support you and as an artist,It is very important that I include my fans in my career and share what’s going on with my music with them.I want them to feel a part of my success.What restricts songwriting?Lack of creativity,lack of life.Yes, there are many external factors that effect songwriting.The successful writers know how to either channel those factors out that are negative and make use for the positive factors.
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Country Music Explosion:song writing has changed considerably over the past century.What,do you feel,could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Jimmy Parker:I don’t feel I am qualified to answer that question with what I would consider to be a honest and an intellectual answer.But I will say to all songwriters….write because you love it, because its in your heart.Songs can be created in different shapes, forms, and structures. But always remember its a craft…not just an art.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Jimmy Parker:Basically in 2004 after my late wife passed away.I wrote a song one morning after and experience one night with her spirit.It was called Warm Love.The song practically wrote itself.
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This Concludes the interview,We hope you enjoyed it.