For ten years, musician and writer Walter Parks toured the world and recorded as sideman/guitarist to Woodstock legend Richie Havens. Parks, a Florida native, presents a creative mix of swamp blues, folk and jazz delivered sometimes in an ambient style and sometime in a gritty-rootsy style.
Walter’s current solo show is both entertaining and historical – inspired by the hollers and reels of Georgia’s Okefinokee Swamp dwellers, harvested from The Smithsonian Archives. Walter co-founded The Nudes, a festival favorite, with cellist Stephanie Winters.
Parks’ repertoire is half originals and half covers that he performs on acoustic and electric guitars. As a solo artist Walter played the U.S., Canada, Germany and Spain. As guitarist for Mr. Havens, Parks played the entire world with notable concerts at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall and The Glastonbury Festival in England. In 2014, Walter performed at Lincoln Center with Judy Collins for the Pete Seeger tribute concert. For fans of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen this would be a recommended show.