Type(s) of music: Acoustic, guitar, vocals, folk, southern, storytelling/narrative, fingerstyle guitar and other instruments
There were undoubtedly many factors that led Alabama folk singer Abby Parks into the craft of songwriting. One was her Southern heritage, born to a mother whose native Georgia roots made for a rich story-telling tradition that fueled Abby’s imagination from a young age and gave her a back-door appreciation for the art of oral tradition.
Add to this an inborn passion for music, originally sparked by listening to popular radio of the seventies and old vinyl LP’s of great artists such as Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, CSNY, Fleetwood Mac, and Judy Collins.
Top that off with a life spent moving with her family from the age of ten onwards to live in a vast array of locations including Maryland, Colorado, Germany, and even England—and you have the necessary ingredients to create a colorful variety of story songs drawing on family, culture, and music tradition.
Parks holds degrees in music performance and English from University of Alabama and Jacksonville State University (Go Gamecocks!), and teaches private lessons in guitar.
Web Site: http://www.abbyparks.com/