Jeremy Parsons Interview Part 5

Jeremy Parsons Interview Part 5

by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International

Lamitschka:  Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they respect your privacy?


Parsons: I don’t have that large of a fanbase, and I can live with that. Even if I did, I would hope to be someone they could be okay with walking up and talking to; I enjoy meeting new people and connecting. There are bad and wrong times depending on what headspace we’re all in as people, but generally, I would always like to meet someone who enjoys or gets something from the music.


Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?


Parsons: I do have my website. I think it’s good that people have a direct source that’s not Facebook or Instagram. I try to keep it up-to-date with everything going on. You can find links to all my socials, a store to order merch and news updates. You can send me a personal email too. It has all that you could need really.


Lamitschka:  Tell us about the fan club and how people can join it.


Parsons: I don’t have a fan club, but I do have a mailing list that keeps you up to date on whatever I’m doing upon posting it to my site.


Lamitschka:  What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?


Parsons: “If you don’t make it, I’m losing all faith in the industry. “It’s a big deal when someone outside of the music industry realizes how overly-complicated and stupid it can all be sometimes. That’s what that says to me. So many people see so many artists come and go. There are so many talented people out there the world never finds. The belief in the artistry and craft isn’t the main draw anymore, unfortunately. Not to say there’s no talent at all out there. That would be ignorant. Some people don’t want the same things out of this gig that others do is the point. To have people say nice things about you like that always kind of makes you think about that more. As soon as you adopt being an artist, it’s no longer about you. It’s about your fans, friends, and everyone who supports you. You’re doing it because you love what you do and they love getting to see you enjoy doing what you’re doing.


Lamitschka:  What’s your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?


Parsons: You can always record the songs, not first obviously but maybe work up a cool cover version. I would love to do this with a Tom Petty song at some point. Not sure which song yet, but I’ve always been so moved by what he did.


Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?


Parsons: Thanks for being there for me. I’ve gotten to travel overseas once in my life to do shows, and it’s one of my favorite memories. I’m looking forward to doing that again someday soon. Until then, I hope you all are enjoying the music as much as I enjoy making it. Eventually, we will all rock out together in the same room.


Lamitschka:  How do you feel about being winning the Texas Music Award?  What has it done for your career?


Parsons: I won a Texas Music Award back in 2011 for my first record Doggondest Feelin’. I’m not a huge fan of awards, to be honest. It’s always an honor, but it’s not necessary for me. Getting to do the job and stay afloat in this industry has always been award enough.


Lamitschka:  Describe what a perfect day is like for you.


Parsons: The perfect day for me involves planning and travel with a show at the end of it. Those are my favorite days and when I feel the most fulfilled and alive. The more relaxed version of that is when I can find a day to sit outside with my guitar and play and maybe even write a little if an idea shows up.


Lamitschka:  Most careers don’t last as long as yours.  What’s given your career the staying power?


Parsons: I believe that my consistency as an artist and a human being has kept me rolling in this industry. I think it’s important for people to do and find that in their lives in general.


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