Levi Parham (from the album It’s All Good available on Horton Records)
Adding audio mixologist to his credentials of a man of words and music, Levi Parham combines the groove of his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the Rhythm and Blues of the Mississippi Delta on his recent release, It’s All Good. Levi called out road trip and was joined by top shelf Tulsa players on his journey to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record It’s All Good at Portside Sound. On board as backing band and harmony were Okie musicians Paul Benjaman, Lauren Barth, John Fullbright, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Aycock, Aaron Boehler, Dustin Pittsley, Michael Staub, and Lauren Farrah channeling the echoes of predecessor albums from Derek And The Dominos, The Band and The Rolling Stones recorded in Muscle Shoals. Levi Parham brought his vision into life, offering that ‘I’ve always been a big admirer of the music that’s been made in Muscle Shoals, from Aretha Franklin to The Allman Bros., so I got this idea to bring the 'Tulsa Sound' and mix it with the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and see what happens’.
What happened gets two thumbs up in the album title of It’s All Good as the album rides a rhythm into the rough country of OK to introduce “Badass Bob”, tenderly picks out notes to wrap around the sadness in “All the Ways I Feel for You”, sends a groove-filled postcard from a Euro tour for “Boxmeer Blues”, and puffs out its chest, strutting with rock’n’roll confidence through “My Finest Hour”. The songwriting traditions of the Southwest, particularly Levi’s native Oklahoma, are on full display in It’s All Good. A kaleidoscope of thick guitar notes revolves like the rhythm rotation that spins “Shade Me” with “Turn Your Love Around” punching its way into life to let the melody and story unravel slowly. Southern Soul is the backdrop for Levi Parham to make his request of “Kiss Me in the Morning” as he stages the cinemagraphic pull of “Borderline” on Southwestern breezes while “It’s All Good” puts a Bourbon bounce into the Dixieland stroll of its title track.
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