Parker Ainsworth has the voice of a man whose lived many lives in one lifetime. He’s a mystic wandering bard.
I first met Parker at a house party in Silverlake. He was fresh to LA from Austin, Texas. Super handsome, quiet with a hint of mischief. This house was full of my favorite musicians that frequent the LA scene and many were passing the guitar and sharing songs. The guitar landed in the hands of Mr. Ainsworth and my jaded LA mind thought, “oh this good looking guy is going to have a soft voice that only sings honey soaked songs about love, I’ve seen ‘em all”…but no I was wrong. Parker’s music and voice have the depth and rust of an old wishing well. You can hear the Texan smoke in his voice and his finger picking should be studied. He’s a painter with words and palette is plentiful. I was a fan in an instant.
Parker Ainsworth was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Music came into his life as a young child when he would sing along with his mother on car rides. He remembers how in any moment that his mother was upset, she would sing or listen to music and her mood would lift. Parker saw the beauty, healing and power in that. He realized he would like have that affect on people the rest of his life. Parker took up piano lessons and taught himself the guitar.
Parker has had many musical personalities. Through the years he’s played in a few different bands. He was very much into trance music and produced his own beats for an electronic rock project called “Painsworth”. He’s also mentioned that he’s DJ’d…I love that.
In 2001 he gave the singer/songwriter world a try but felt he was too sensitive with his material and it didn’t quite catch the way that he had liked.
Fast forward to 2009 Mr. Ainsworth moved to LA. He’s recorded an EP called “Parker Loves You”. He’s found a wonderful community of fellow, supportive musicians and headed a successful campaign on Indie gogo for his forthcoming EP “Leave on the Lights” that raised him 8,000.00 (his goal was 6,000). Which goes to show that Parker Ainsworth has come home.
I talked briefly as to what to expect from this forthcoming piece of work and he said, ““Leave on the Lights” started out as a break up record. I feel like I’ve broken up with most of all that I wanted distance from. I wanted to learn lessons from it and once those lessons were learned, the songs were ready to be written.”
“Leave on the Lights” will be released towards that end of October so be sure to be on the look out for that! In the meantime, his music is available on itunes.
Check him out live at the Standard Hotel on Sunset:
Wednesday September 21st 9pm