The Parson Redheads in-studio, 11-12-09
Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with assistance from Randy Layton
Although they originally formed in Eugene, The Parson Redheads went against the grain a few years back and relocated to Los Angeles. Eventually they gained attention during residencies around the city for their throwback, up-with-people vibe— dressed in white, numbering in the double digits, and with harmonies to match. These days, their numbers tend to be fewer (although the number fluctuates depending on the circumstance), and a decidedly Laurel Canyon-ish sound has crept into their newer material, possibly but not necessarily a product of its proximity.
We talked to the band about the challenges of living in L.A., the significance of residencies to the city’s music scene, and their own upcoming Northwest residency of sorts throughout the month of February, with regular dates in Eugene, Portland and Seattle (along with several others scheduled in Corvallis, Ashland, Salem, and Vancouver, BC). The band played selections from throughout their catalog, including a new song, as well as a take on a later Neil Young classic.
Photos: Inger Klekacz
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