The new album is easily his most enticing in 20 years. Far from sounding like a Johnny-come-lately, Parker settles right in with an effort that shifts seamlessly from rambling, Dylan-esque country-folk ("Queen of Compromise") to rustic, harmonica-fueled blues-shuffle ("The Rest Is History") to loping, tear-in-the-beer country on "Cruel Lips," (featuring a duet with Lucinda Williams). The writing is typically sharp and incisive, including a pair of fantastic character sketches — "Anything for a Laugh," which follows a second-rate comic on the road as he wonders if his comedy is "just a shield in front of me," and the amusing "Tornado Alley," where a cuckolded lover happily salutes the twister that took his trailer park sweetie away. More than a treat for diehards, it’s a terrific entrée into Parker’s oeuvre, a start-to-finish triumph that’s a veritable box of chocolates to lapsed fans.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.