Peter Parcek

Peter Parcek
Pledging My Time

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By Georgetown Fats
May 2011

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With the release of the Pledging My Time EP Peter Parcek has done the impossible with music: forced me to look deep within and consider both Bob Dylan and his music in a far more positive light.

Normally I treat Bob Dylan fans much like I treat people who feel the compulsion to preach their personal religious beliefs - - as annoying white noise that should be kept at arms’ length. But in the hands of Parcek, a musician filled with both chops and soul, these four tracks cause me to get caught up in the moment.

Pledging My Time opens with “She Belongs to Me,” which has a sonic and ethereal vibe. Parcek’s voice oozes a relaxed but soulful sound, and his lead guitar work on both slide and acoustic guitar demonstrate his chops and his ear. Though fully capable of overwhelming the song with soulless guitar wanking and shredding, Parcek’s lead work never gets in the way of the song. The result of the track is four minutes and six seconds of goose bump-producing material.

On “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat,” Parcek produces an interesting combination of styles with this cover song. His version is part bawdy house blues romp and part ambient studio creation. Every part of the track is tastefully done, without sterilizing the intended raunchiness.

With “Beyond Here Lies Nothing,” Parcek infuses the track with that signature N’Awlins swing sound before kicking into a more barrel house rocker. Parcek’s electric guitar is featured more and brought up in the mix, and he delivers a guitar solo that surely would cause even his contemporaries to notice.

As a way to celebrate Parcek’s nomination for “Best New Artist” at the 2011 Blues Music Awards, Parcek is making Pledging My Time available as a “name-your-own-price” for the download at Though Peter and Redstar fully support the idea of people downloading the disc for free, this material is too good to not to offer something up in return. So if you’re Dylan-phobic such as I am, or just an enthusiast of this new wave of blues music, head on over to Parcek’s site, pay for the download and then pay to gift a copy of the EP to a friend. You’ll be glad you did.

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