Jeremy Parsons Interview Part 4
by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International
Lamitschka: Any thoughts of retirement ahead?
Parsons: I will gracefully bow out when I need to, hopefully. I don’t ever want to outstay my welcome anywhere, but I have planned to make music until I die in some capacity. It feeds my soul.
Lamitschka: Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?
Parsons: Myself. Sometimes it can be harsher than it should, so I have to pay attention to that. You can’t create correctly in that headspace, so I usually just put a pin in it and come back when I can be kinder to me.
Lamitschka: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
Parsons: I never relax, but I do try. I enjoy going for walks in my free time. It helps me think and it’s good exercise.
Lamitschka: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?
Parsons: The world. Realistically I would say I am the master of my destiny. We always have more control than we want to admit we do, while at the same time accepting we don’t have control over others. It’s all baby steps, and I feel that I’m always on a constant path to, maybe not change so much, but grow.
Lamitschka: What hopes and desires do you have?
Parsons: I hope to stay as content as I am right now about my craft throughout the rest of my life and career. I want to keep growing as an artist and person as well.
Lamitschka: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?
Parsons: People. I used to give folks the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, many people don’t like to treat everyone like they, too, are people. I hope for a positive change as far as this goes but can only do my part. Things need to change, but some have chosen to remain ignorant and incapable.
Lamitschka: Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?
Parsons: I will not be participating in any shows unless they are virtual for as long as COVID continues. I want to remain aware that my getting sick could affect myself, those I care about, and possibly even kill them.
Lamitschka: Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to?
Parsons: Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
Lamitschka: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
Parsons: The same goofy person every time. There are such things as off nights, but I usually try to hit you with my best musically and typically try to sling some smiles your way through funny banter and terrible puns that I tend to enjoy more than the audience.
Lamitschka: When you’re on tour, do you have time to play tourist?
Parsons: I usually try to allow myself enough time to walk around and check out some fun spots. I’m generally on the prowl for a fantastic coffee spot or cafe in general. One time I was in Washington D.C., and we had such a tight window of time, I ran around the city to all the spots, took quick blurry selfies, and made it back in time for soundcheck. I think I only had like an hour. It was brief, but a funny story and all the pictures were so bad.