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"...an emerging voice on the east coast folk music circuit"

-- New York Times

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Listen to "Enron-Ron" - As performed by The Fifth Amendments (a.k.a. Bill Parsons, Eric Weinberg and Barry Gordemer) on NPR's Morning Edition.


Imagine a train wreck between David Wilcox and Elvis Costello. Or a talk show hosted by Dr. Scott Peck and Bill Maher. What would you get? Irreverent spirituality. Enlivening metaphor. Blunt illumination. Playful chit chat. In short, you'd get Bill Parsons. Folk music for a post politically correct world.

Bill Parsons, age 34, has been delighting audiences with his signature performances on the North American folk circuit since 1993. In that time, he has performed with many of today's marquee names in folk music (e.g. The Burns Sisters, Kate Campbell, Don Conoscenti, Dana Cooper, Catie Curtis, Cliff Eberhardt, Bob Franke, Vance Gilbert, John Gorka, Greg Greenway,  Anne Hills, Jim Infantino, James Keeleghan, The Kennedys, Peter Mulvey, The Nields, Odetta, Tom Paxton, Chuck Pyle, Garnet Rogers, David Roth, Sonia Rutstein, Martin Sexton, Cosy Sheridan, Richard Shindell, Michael Smith, Sloan Wainwright, Dar Williams) at many of the top listening rooms across the country (e.g. The Birchmere, The Bluebird, Cafe Lena, Club Passim, Coffeehouse at Mays Chapel, Eddies Attic, The Fast Folk Cafe, The Fez, Godfrey Daniels, Johnny D's, Jonathans, Left Bank Cafe, Bill Parsons Prism Coffeehouse, The Point, The Ramshead Tavern, The Tin Angel, Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, The Waterloo Ice House, The Winteride). He has sold over 5000 units of his recordings and built a mailing list of over 4500 fans nationwide. In 1996, he performed three shows for the athletes at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, and his song "Oslo Blue" was picked up by National Public Radio for use on its Morning Edition program. In 1998, he was invited to participate in the prestigious Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Artist Showcase in Hillsdale, NY and received artist endorsement deals from Taylor Guitars and D'Addario Strings. In 2000, he showcased at the South Florida Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Music Conference, and the NACA East Coast Music Festival. His acoustic reinterpretation of Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science" received significant national airplay -- including rotation on such syndiated shows at The World Cafe and The Acoustic Cafe -- and his musical parodies (e.g. "The Love Bug Song", "$2.60 in Chicago", "Hand Count"), co-written with his musical partner Eric Weinberg, are regularly heard on National Public Radio's Morning Edition program. What's more, the people who know Bill best -- the 1500 strong members of the Washington Area Music Association -- have now honored Bill nine times with coveted WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) nominations.

Born in New York City, Bill makes his home in Washington, DC with his wife Kerry, daughter Natalie, and dog Josh. When not performing, Bill remains active in the songwriting community -- helping to organize songwriting retreats with Trapezoid co-founder Paul Reisler -- as well as being a regular columnist for Performing Songwriter  magazine. He is a former aide to consumer advocate Ralph Nader and an accomplished martial artist. In addition, he is the pants.

"To be hopeful without being trite or naive. That's the goal." -- Bill Parsons

"Bill Parsons is emerging as another of those songwriter favorites, kind of in the mold of Dave Allen, Gary Frenay or Bob Franke."  --  Alan Rowoth, Folk Music Digest

"Out of this smoldering heap of sentiment and sarcasm emerges a

singer-songwriter who uses a bittersweet sense of humor to deliver honest messages."  -- The State College Centre Daily Times

"With songs like 'The Road Less Traveled' based on the spiritual self-help book of the same name and 'St. Fred (Patron Saint of Canines)', this quirky guy is sure to keep you chuckling."  -- The Hartford Advocate

"Parsons possesses a full, mellifluous voice, descriptive lyrics and superb guitar work. His songs display a sharp eye for nuance and are personal in a way that makes you want to call him up and ask for advice."  -- The Hudson Current

"Bill Parsons writes songs that make you giggle AND make you think hard...he's a smart, satisfying musician -- brainy but silly, bogged down by neither, inspired by all."  -- Generation NeXt

"I'm extremely impresssed with Bill Parsons' talent and dedication to his music."  --  Pat DiNizio, The Smithereens

"Bill's music is immediately singable and deceptively complex, with characters who may or may not be coming unhinged." 
--  Nerissa Nields,
Rounder recording artist

"Congratulations on Special Delivery. It's a really enjoyable project. I especially like 'The Road Less Traveled' which reminds me in all the best ways, of Timbuk3, and the acoustic treatment of 'She Blinded Me With Science.'" 
-- Charlie Hunter, Young-Hunter Management  (Richard Shindell,
Peter Mulvey)

"Much like Richard Shindell and John Gorka, Bill has a gift for making simple situations seem compelling." 
-- Jeff Olson, Rhode Island Songwriters
Association

"A consistenly interesting writer and an exceptionally strong performer." 
-- Kerry Hayden, Coffeehouse Coordinator, 1996 Olympic Games

"Bill Parsons is an artist clearly in love with the songwriting craft. With a dulcet voice, clever pen, and a tasteful ear, he blends humor and heartfelt emotion, creating a versatile acoustic-based sound that draws from many points along the musical spectrum, and always avoids a flatfooted musical stance. He'll come at the listener from all angles: from a subtle tap on the shoulder to straight between the eyes; through a vividly etched character, or a detailed, nuanced metaphor." 
--The Taylor Guitar Company

 

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"This well traveled roadhog combines a gift for conversational directness in lyrics with versatile guitar and an engaging stage presence....Unskilled Labor is a worthy, well-produced introduction to a promising talent."
-- Dave Johnson, New England Folk Almanac

"Judging from his enthusiastic reception at the prestigious Birchmere, Mr. Parsons' music is beginning to strike a chord...."
-- Washington Times


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