Some might call it traditional. Others
would say it's roots country, or even Americana. Call it whatever
you like, but "Rye Whiskey Why" is a collection of
songs about life. Be it real love or lost love, hard times and
second chances, cheating and lying, or drinking and dying. Mike
writes about the moments that warm our hearts and dry our tears...........and
brings us down to earth with songs about the familiar and unavoidable
truths of life – sorrow, heartache and pain. Real life stuff
Recorded in Burleson, Texas at Patriot
Recording Studios with some of the finest Texas players imaginable.
Two time Grammy award recipient Chris Booher - keyboard/fiddle,
Gary Carpenter - pedal steel/dobro, Derek Spigener - drums, John
Sharp - background vocals, Reggie Rouffer - fiddle, Tommy Nash
- electric/acoustic guitar, Ron Jones - bass/acoustic
guitar/dobro, Randy Elmore - Mandolin, Stefani Little - background
vocals, Jai Hutcherson - studio engineer.
do you sum it all up? Well, this is REAL COUNTRY MUSIC – in
its purest form – the way it was meant to be. Pull up an ear
and have a listen.
Review by Timothy
20 years or so, there comes at least one great singer/songwriter
to Country music. Mike Parrish just happens to be that artist.
Parrish's latest album "Rye Whiskey Why" is a testament
to his natural ability to connect the most meaningful sentiments
in song with a voice that is just as hungry and desperate as
the pictures he's painted in his songs.
Why" is a 10-song treasure that stirs a longing to hit
the road and 'run, rope & ride.' The highlights of Parrish's
album includes the upbeat cowboy anthem "Wild and Free."
Its heavy steel guitar overtones sets the stage for a down and
out drifting feeling that takes us down a lonesome Texas highway
with our thumbs sticking in the wind.
Fool" is as Texas as you can get. This track features a
Bob Wills-style fiddle that infects the soul. Parrish's songwriting
ability showcases his ultimate talent. Parrish has a way of
writing in the simplest terms to get maximum results.
Drink My Blues Away" is yet another track that tears away
the glitz of today's so-called Country music and gives us nothing
but hardcore Texas Honky Tonk music.
The title cut
"Rye Whiskey Why" mixes Merle Haggard guitar with
a Hank Williams, Sr. style vocal and lyric. The steel guitar
waves are reminiscent of Don Helms.
showcases an artist of the great Northwest who bares his Texas
soul. Mike Parrish is a songwriter conveying his message of
love, loss and ramblin' in terms all his own.
He's the Real