“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” is the exclamation used by BTO, and it is an apt description of “Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series.” Jim is the creator and host of a popular series at the Von Braun Center Playhouse in Huntsville, AL called Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series ™ where he showcases the incredible talent of his hit songwriter friends from Nashville, TN, Muscle Shoals, AL and surrounding areas.
All it took was holding his first guitar at the age of eighteen (1961) that was given to him by his sister’s boyfriend, Jimmy Gilmer, who had a hit song in the sixties called Sugar Shack. Within a year he was playing in a band and later became a founding member of The Illusions and landed a record deal with Dot Records. In the early sixties he and his buddies decided to leave their hometown of Amarillo, Texas, and head to Los Angeles. During that time, The Illusions became The Kitchen Cinq recording with Lee Hazelwood’s LHI label for three years and this later led to jobs with other recording bands like Armageddon and THEM (post Van Morrison) with some studio work with various recording artists on the side.
Moving to Nashville in 1975 was the beginning of another fantastic phase of Jim’s career where he met a young John Anderson and began writing successful chart songs. Then Jim branched out and has co-written with many #1, Hall of Famers and Grammy winning songwriters over the years and continues to do so today.
Jim is the creator and host of a popular series at the Von Braun Center Playhouse in Huntsville, AL called Jim Parker’s Songwriters Series ™ where he showcases the incredible talent of his hit songwriter friends from Nashville, TN, Muscle Shoals, AL and surrounding areas. The dinner-theater atmosphere has created a highly anticipated monthly event where people listen to great songs from the people who wrote them and here the stories behind their songs. Without the songwriter there would be no music because “it all begins with a song.”
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