Looking back over the breadth of Anders Parker’s two-decade career, there is little he has yet to accomplish or prove. The stylistic range encompassed by his Varnaline work alone is evidence of Parker’s determination to explore, illuminate, absorb and transcend every musical influence he’s experienced, from alt-country and raw folk to pastoral Americana and baroque art rock. And Parker’s catalog under his own name has been equally diverse, be it the transitional familiarity of 2004’s Tell It To The Dust or the ambient instrumental guitar wash of 2010’s Cross Latitudes. There’s A Bluebird In My Heart, Parker’s latest contribution, is a welcome return to his Varnaline/early-solo sound, perhaps in reaction to his recent experimental streak. Parker will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new review of There’s A Bluebird In My Heart.
Parker: I was a young kid when this show was on air. I don’t remember much about the episodes, but I thought that it was cool that Jim Rockford (James Garner) lived in a trailer down by the ocean in California, and I thought his father, Rocky, was kinda funny. What I did love was the theme song, which still brings endless joy to hear. Mike Post and Pete Carpenter wrote the theme and won a Grammy for it 1975. Dig the Moog. Dig the mood.