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Parker McCollum

www.parkermccollum.com

Artist Bio

Country superstars aren’t made overnight. Not the ones that last, at least. Instead, they’re built the old-school way: show by show, fan by fan, and song by song. Just ask Parker McCollum, the Texas native and relentless road warrior whose success is the result of hard work, honest songwriting, and a lifelong dedication to creating real country music.

Raised outside Houston in Conroe, TX, Parker began selling out venues in his home state long before he released his first major-label single, “Pretty Heart.” From the start, he was something different: a larger-than-life musician who blended the raw, honest songwriting of his Texas heroes with the pop-friendly polish of his Nashville contemporaries. It was a sound forged from the best parts of both worlds, glued by together by a young star whose work ethic had been shaped by the childhood summers he spent on his grandfather’s ranch in Limestone County, waking up early every morning to take care of the cattle.

Parker’s musical tastes were influenced by his family, too, from his grandfather’s love of golden-age country music — including icons like Porter Wagoner and George Strait — to the left-of-center albums by Todd Snider, Chris Knight, and Rodney Crowell that his brother would gift him at Christmas. By the time Parker turned 14 years old, he wasn’t just daydreaming about a career in music; he was actively preparing for it, sharpening his guitar playing, harmonica skills, and songwriting chops while others his age were still playing Little League.

“I wanted to be a successful country musician and a good songwriter, and I understood the path I needed to take to get there,” says Parker. “It all comes down to respect — respecting country music, respecting those who came before you, and respecting your opportunities. At a young age, I realized how important it was to be genuine, honest, and respectful, and to outwork everybody.”

These days, the hard work is paying off. With 2020’s Hollywood Gold, Parker shines a light not only on his respect for country music, but also his ability to breathe fresh life into familiar sounds. Produced by Jon Randall Stewart, the EP’s six songs — five of which were co-written by Parker — brim with sharp storytelling, supersized hooks, and modern-day country charisma, with Parker saluting the best parts of the genre while confidently sidestepping its cliches. There are no songs about trucks. No rapped verses about back roads. No electronic arrangements that sound more appropriate for a dance club than a honky tonk. Instead, Parker creates a contemporary version of a timeless sound, singing universal songs about love, heartbreak, the lure of the past, and the promise of the future.

“If I’m going to sing these songs every night, I’ve gotta mean the things I’m singing about,” says the 28 year-old, whose busy tour schedule has found him playing an average of 140 shows annually for more than half a decade. “I can’t fake it.”

On “Young Man’s Blues,” he waxes nostalgic as he drives to his old stomping grounds, knowing he’ll never be able to shake the memory of the home that built him. On the anthemic “Pretty Heart” — a massive hit on streaming services like Spotify, where the song has easily outpaced singles by veteran chart-toppers — he takes a hard look at himself after a rough breakup, knowing he’s the one to blame for the split. “Hallie Ray Light” finds him wooing a new lover about buoyant melodies and cyclical guitar riffs, while “Like a Cowboy” — written by Chris Stapleton — tells the story of a larger-than-life character who resembles his own grandfather, with Parker delivering the lyrics as though he wrote every syllable.

Hollywood Gold is named after his grandfather’s prized horse. A mythic character who was born during the Great Depression and eventually became the youngest judge elected in the state of Texas, Parker’s grandfather truly embodied the American Dream. His tenacity was inspirational to the young Parker, who grew up hearing stories about his grandfather’s exploits, including the purchase of an Australian stallion who was prohibitively costly…but worth every cent.

“My granddad couldn’t afford the horse at the time, but he knew Hollywood Gold was a top-dollar animal and just had to have it,” says Parker. “He was a brilliant businessman who took chances on things he was passionate about and didn’t let anyone hold him back. He lived every single day of his life like that. Whenever I’m discouraged, I think about how he’d always tell me to put my head down and keep swinging. Releasing an EP like Hollywood Gold is no different. I’m just trying to hit a home run. I keep swinging.”

Parker McCollum isn’t just swinging; he’s connecting. With praise from Rolling Stone (who likened the “no-holds-barred, confessional singer-songwriter” to one of his longtime influences, John Mayer) and American Songwriter (who commended Parker for balancing “on the edge of next-level superstardom, taking cues from rule breakers like Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves“), he’s already sold out iconic venues like Billy Bob’s while building a loyal, cross-country audience of Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials. This is music that crosses generations, performed with conviction and charm by country music’s newest superstar.

Show by show, fan by fan, and song by song, Parker McCollum keeps swinging.

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Tour Dates

Aug 18 2022
White River Amphitheatre
Auburn, WA
Aug 19 2022
Hayden Homes Amphitheater
Bend, OR
Aug 20 2022
Bring The Bar To You Tour
Bend, OR
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Aug 25 2022
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA
Aug 26 2022
Toyota Ampitheater
Wheatland, CA
Aug 27 2022
Bring The Bar To You Tour
Chula Vista, CA
Sep 01 2022
Brandon Amphitheater
Brandon, MS
Sep 02 2022
The Wharf Amphitheater
Orange Beach, AL
Sep 03 2022
Jannus Live
St Petersburg, FL
Sep 04 2022
Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Pompano Beach, FL
Sep 09 2022
Cook's Garage
Lubbock, TX
Sep 10 2022
Kansas State Fair
Hutchinson, KS
Sep 17 2022
Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
Sep 22 2022
Mizzou Arena
Columbia, MO
Sep 23 2022
JQH Arena
Springfield, MO
Sep 24 2022
BOK Center
Tulsa, OK
Sep 29 2022
Alerus Center
Grand Forks, ND
Sep 30 2022
BISMARCK EVENT CENTER
Bismarck, ND
Oct 01 2022
Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sioux Falls, SD
Oct 06 2022
Ford Idaho Center Arena
Nampa, ID
Oct 07 2022
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Bozeman, MT
Oct 08 2022
Adams Center Griz Tix
Missoula, MT
Oct 13 2022
TaxSlayer Center
Moline, IL
Oct 14 2022
Ford Center
Evansville, IN
Oct 15 2022
WSU Nutter Center
Fairborn, OH
Oct 21 2022
Moody Center
Austin, TX
Oct 22 2022
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
Oct 27 2022
Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Wallingford, CT
Oct 28 2022
MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Boston, MA
Oct 29 2022
Cross Insurance Center
Bangor, ME

News

05/07/2021

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05/27/2020

Parker McCollum Livestream Tonight – Wednesday, May 27th!

Parker McCollum & Randy Rogers Acoustic Song Swap 9:30pm ET https://www.facebook.com/events/237429964252715/  

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05/08/2020

Parker McCollum Livestream Today – Friday, May 8th!

Teachers Can - Live Stream Whitewater Amphitheatre 6pm ET http://teacherscan.org/events

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