Parsons returns with new album

West Coast-born and Canterbury and Auckland-based singer-songwriter Mel Parsons serenades patrons...
West Coast-born and Canterbury and Auckland-based singer-songwriter Mel Parsons serenades patrons in the Winehouse, Gibbston, on Saturday, October 1. Photo supplied.
Singer-songwriter Mel Parsons is celebrating the release of her new album with a 20-date national tour which arrives in the Winehouse, Gibbston, on October 1.

The young West Coast-raised artist described Red Grey Blue as a melodic continuation of her debut album Over My Shoulder. Co-produced with Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad, Opensouls, Hollie Smith) the new set features harmonies by Anika Moa, with cameo appearances from Don McGlashan and Greg Johnson.

"I came last year [to the Winehouse] with Anika Moa and we had a ball, it was such a cool place," Parsons said yesterday.

"I played support for Greg Johnson in Prime restaurant in June and it ties in quite nicely both Greg and Anika are on the new album.

"We were supposed to go bungy jumping last time, but we had to leave early. I'm really nervous thinking about it, but I would love to go bungy jumping and it would be nice to go for a little ski.

"That would be my ultimate trip."

Parsons will be joined by her and the Rhythm Kings, double bass player Aaron Stewart, drummer-percussionist Nick George and introducing guitarist-vocalist Andy Moore (Thomas Oliver Band), with special guest Gerry Paul (Tim O'Brien, Grada).

"We got together through mutual friends in Wellington, where everyone knows everyone and plays with everyone. It's really supportive."

• Mel Parsons and the Rhythm Kings, the Winehouse, Gibbston, Saturday, October 1. Doors 7.30pm, show starts 8.30pm. A ticket and CD cost $30, door sales $25.

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