Rick Parnell | One Eye Open

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One Eye Open

by Rick Parnell

Rick Parnell fits easily into the Folk or Rock genres. With this debut EP of six great songs, he combines intriguing and captivating lyrics with a fresh well rooted sound.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One Eye Open
3:50 $0.99
2. Everybody's Wrong
3:20 $0.99
3. Coexistance
4:48 $0.99
4. I'm Coming Home
4:06 $0.99
5. Come Saturday
3:32 $0.99
6. One More Song
3:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rick Parnell’s debut offering sprouts from the very roots of the Folk-Rock tradition and then subtly suggests a whole new direction. Introspective and captivating, listeners compare Rick Parnell most often to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, though Rick says it’s not fair to suggest he sounds like either. George Harrison, John Lennon and Johnny Cash are also influences that often arise when describing Rick’s vocal and song writing style. All six songs on this initial EP are rich with nuance and possibility and are destined to be replayed and covered by artists across many musical genres.

The EP is produced by Graham Ronne, a talented Canadian singer/songwriter in his own right. Having stumbled onto Rick’s work, Graham aggressively sought to expose Rick’s talents to a wider audience. On the recordings, Graham rounds out Rick’s rhythm guitar and vocals with masterful lead and steel guitar to create an overall sound whose richness defies the limited instrumentation.



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Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present Rick Parnell a GrIndie Award for their CD "One Eye Open." A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy's stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.

Rice B. and RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Engaging Contemporary Folk CD
Despite the almost lo-fi, demo-like feel of Rick Parnell’s “One Eye Open” CD, the strong 6-song debut from this Canadian singer-songwriter has a primal immediacy often filtered out of big-budget, major label projects. And that’s good. What Parnell offers are six stripped-down, completely engaging contemporary folk songs featuring his sometimes raspy vocals over the sparest of guitar strumming. In its directness and simple arrangements “One Eye Open” recalls Bon Iver’s breakthrough in ’08 as well as the songs and performances of such troubadours as Richard Buckner or Jeff Buckley. But Parnell is an original, and on tuneful songs like “Everybody’s Wrong” and “I’m Coming Home” his rough-hewn voice is as evocative as the words that spill out in his soulful delivery. “Come Saturday,” has a bit more edge, thanks to a slyly subdued slide accompaniment, but it is no less pleasing, and the last track, “One More Song” offers just the right touch of melancholy to close the CD. Rick Parnell’s “One Eye Open” CD is a cross-generational work that owes a debt to classic singer-songwriter stylists, but is also completely right for contemporary listeners of any generation.