Something that’s been getting a lot of play on my iPod lately is the free 12-song sampler for The Parlor Sessions Tour featuring Dean Fields, Andy Zipf, Jason Myles Goss and Eliot Bronson. It’s a 12-song sampler by four young singer-songwriters who are heading out on tour together June 5-15, making stops along the East Coast from New Hampshire to Georgia. I knew Dean Fields, who’s been profiled in this site, and am a big fan, but Eliot, Jason, and Andy were new, delightful discoveries for me. I’m a sucker for a good song and, one after another these tracks pulled me in.
You can hear the artists for yourself over the course of the next four days. Each day I’ll be posting a brief profile of one of the artists, along with a track or two and a brief Q&A, or you can download the sampler yourself at any time. Of course I’ll be at the show here in Boston, so look for a report on that, too.
In today’s post, however, we’ll look at the tour itself. The Parlor Sessions is a great name for a tour by this kind of singer-songwriter, playing these kinds of venues. It evokes an intimate gathering of friends enjoying each others company in intellectually and creatively stimulating ways. It sounds like that’s what these guys have in mind.
Oh, and if you purchase your tickets early through the tour website, you become a “Pal & Patron” of the tour, entitled to some cool benefits, so check it out.
I had the opportunity to ask Dean, who came up with the idea for the tour, a few questions about the plans for the tour.
Tell us, what are the Parlor Sessions?
The parlor Sessions are 4 of the hardest working singer songwriters cramming into a minivan to share their songs, stories, and secrets. It’s a fresh take on the “in the round” format. We’ll each be playing our own songs, accompanying each other, and tackling a pretty mean cover of the Traveling Wilburys.
Each of us has been at it for over 10 years. It’s a mutual admiration society, and an opportunity for us to share our audiences, to give them a show that is greater than the sum of its parts.
How did you choose the musicians to tour with?
I chose each of them because I love their music and believe in their work ethic. I knew these were the right guys to make it happen. But I wasn’t sure if it would be the right thing for them and their career. We all have strong fanbases whose support we depend on financially. Its a big deal that everyone made this their focus and put the months of work into pulling this tour off.
Tell us about the tour. How long is it and where’s it going?
Eliot and I will meet in Charlotte NC. We’ll get the van and head north to DC to pick up Andy. We’ll meet up with Jason in Brooklyn for the first show at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. From there we have shows in DC, Philly, Boston, Portsmouth NH, Middletown CT, Asbury Park NJ, Wilmington DE, Richmond VA, Atlanta GA, and Charlotte NC.
What’s the configuration of the show?
We’re still sorting all of that out. But we’re hoping to create a warm parlor vibe. Side tables and soft lighting. (There are)still some final decisions and purchases to be made though.
How are you traveling?
An as yet unnamed minivan…But you can bet it’ll have a name by the end.
For more information, see TheParlorSessions.com, and check back tomorrow for the first artist profile.