By Andrew Paine Bradbury
Photography & Video by Steven Visneau
Twenty-one-year-old Parker Twomey has a preternatural gift for crafting wise, worn tunes of innocence, grounded in experience beyond his years. His introduction to music began as a child with a guitar from his dad, and piano lessons from his grandmother and by his early teens, he was writing his own songs. Soon after graduating from Dallas’s arts-focused Booker T. Washington High School, Twomey hit the road, playing iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks amphitheater and The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Twomey is described as equal parts country-folk songwriter and “Americana road warrior” who makes “timeless music for the modern world.” Currently on tour backing up country musician Paul Cauthen, Twomey is preparing for the release of his debut album. We recently caught up with him at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas, where he also gave us an exclusive performance of his new single “Counting Down The Days.”
[Smith] introduced me to the depths of emotion, and Isbell introduced me to the depths of writing songs. Both melodic kings. Over the COVID lockdown, I had a lot of time on my hands. So I figured I’d record a few videos of me covering some of my favorites. Sometimes I’ll sing a Lorde song at the house when I’m just kicking it. I think she’s great.
[It] definitely has folk-country roots. It’s very celestial at times, melodic and lyrical. My favorite songwriters obsess over their craft. I’ve taught myself a lot, trying to match that energy and obsession. But so much of writing is your experience and imagination, and it’s all unique to you.
I love tour life. I’ve experienced so much in the last few years. It’s been a wild ride so far. And I always love a night under the stars when time allows.
I’m big on Stetson hats, denim, V-necks, trucker hats, and turquoise. Typically, I’d choose vintage over new, but cool clothes are still made today. Who knows…? Maybe one day I’ll launch a clothing company.
Stetson’s have always been around in my life. There’s not a lot of things that are as classic as them. I gravitate towards hats with a slightly lighter bend than a taco shell. I also really like the “Jameson” hat series. Style’s purpose is to highlight sides of our personality we want to project to the world, and I’ve always felt that Stetson suits my personality well.