Lee Roy Parnell

Releases: Midnight Believer (2017), Back to the Well (2006), Tell the Truth (2001), Hits and Highways Ahead (1999), Every Night’s a Saturday Night (1997), We All Get Luck Sometimes (1995), On The Road (1993), Love Without Mercy (1992), Lee Roy Parnell (1990)
Years at MusicFest: MusicFest 2018 Debut Artist

Lee Roy Parnell grew up in Abilene where his father toured with a young Bob Wills. Parnell’s first performance was on Wills’ radio show at age six. As a teen, he played drums in a local band and soon picked up the guitar. He eventually joined Kinky Friedman’s band and moved to Austin in 1974. Parnell spent over a decade playing clubs throughout Texas and New York before relocating to Nashville in 1987, where he landed a publishing contract and a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Cafe. There he recorded with some of his heroes, including Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez. Their collaboration on 1995’s “Cat Walk” garnered a Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental. He has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with his hits “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” (1992), “Tender Moment” (1993), and “A Little Bit of You” (1995), peaking at No. 2. The year 2011 brought Parnell an induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Parnell continues to produce and write and is currently supporting his first independent release, Midnight Believer (released August 11th).

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