Drenched in sweat and wild eyed from a rocking set on his debut at the legendary Blue Light in Lubbock, Parker McCollum lights a cigarette during his photoshoot with Rattle photographer Sue Marinello. Under the bright lights, the smoke glows as it swirls around his head, kissing his cheek like a fawning groupie. He’s exhausted, having played a number of shows in the last few days and weary from the road. It won’t stop either. As we wrap up the photoshoot at 4am, he’ll have to hit the road for a radio interview at 7am in San Angelo.
Parker embodies the tenacity of the next generation of Texas artists, vying for the mantle set by the likes of Willie & Waylon, Cody Canada & Mike McClure, and Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen. Working long hours for little pay and racking up mileage on a used passenger van, him and his band crisscross the highways of second largest state in the Union. For Parker, that all-in attitude is paying off. While appearing on David Wilde’s West Texas Nights with the likes of Dalton Domino and Dallas Owens, Parker found himself surrounded by a college-aged crowd singing along with his single, High Above The Water. From there, he plays a sold out show at The Blue Light cementing his reputation among the exclusive Lubbock musician crowd.
The Limestone Kid may not be a household name for everyone, but he’s gaining ground. Recently he played Billy Bob’s small stage for the prestigious Thursday Night Live series, which features local and regional acts like Micky & The Motorcars and The Statesboro Revue. It’s a long road to the mainstage, for which he has talent and hopefully the longevity to see it through. He’s even found himself at one time on Spotify’s list of top spun songs in the Fort Worth area, home to Rattle Magazine, and regular airplay on our hometown station 95.9 The Ranch.
It didn’t take long for what sure to be an iconic photoshoot. Soon, Parker is climbing into that used passenger van and flying down the road towards his next destination. It’s the hard work that sets him apart from other artists that refuse to go all in with their music. If you happen to find Parker playing in your area, go watch him. Support this young man on his journey. Be one of the people who can say “I knew him when”, because this is one musician that has that hunger for success. DD