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Jazz & Blues Guitarist Walter Parks to Perform at Fogartyville

| Arlene Sweeting |

Jazz and blues guitarist Walter Parks, the former lead guitarist for Richie Havens, will perform at Fogartyville on Thursday, October 20, at 7pm. With a unique, swamp-inspired style of finger-picking and raspy vocals, Parks fuses traditional Southern rock riffs with the rhythm and blues, creating a unique sound of his own. Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for nonmembers. Advance tickets are available at Half-price are available for students. 

In August 2020, writer, guitarist, and vocalist Walter Parks was invited by The Library of Congress to archive his research on and perform his arrangements of music made by southeast Georgia’s Okefinokee Swamp homesteaders – hollers, hymns, and reels. For 10 years Parks, a Florida native, served as the sideman guitarist to Woodstock Festival legend Richie Havens. Now based out of St. Louis, Walter has recently co-written with Stan Lynch, former Tom Petty drummer, and has performed at various venues with R&B drum legend Bernard Purdie and at Lincoln Center with Judy Collins. Walter tours with his own trio Swamp Cabbage, with his solo show Swamp By Chandelier and with an Americana spirituals project called The Unlawful Assembly co-founded by drummer Steven Williams. Walter was a member of The Nudes, a popular folk duo, with cellist Stephanie Winters. 

“Walter Parks is an extraordinary singer whose songs can break your heart as well as get you dancing. Lyrical and political, personal and otherworldly at the same time, transcendent as well as down to earth, Walter is a musical treasure, an artist of the highest caliber. To hear him is to be lifted into a mystical sphere. I adore him.” – Judy Collins

Photo from Fogartyville

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