A few months ago I was at Schubas for a Scott H. Biram show. Everybody was milling around in the front bar when a the opening act, Radio Moscow, took the stage. Parker Griggs and company would soon capture everyone’s attention in the house.
I’d seen Radio Moscow before and had been listening to their self-titled debut release prior to its release date, so I high-tailed it from the bar to Schubas’ back room. It was a sparse crowd, but as soon as Parker lit into the first song you could see heads turn. The room soon filled with people standing around, their mouths agape. I asked a buddy of mine what he thought and he said, “Holy shit. That kid can play.”
That has been the reaction both times I’ve seen Parker and Radio Moscow. I was expecting the same from Shirk and my brother-in-law who joined me at the studio for our 12th live session. It didn’t take long for jaws to drop as Parker and the boys began with “Frustrating Sound.”
Parker Griggs’ hands are like meat-hooks and they swallow the neck of the guitar. His hands move effortlessly, driving a heavy blues sound that seems odd for someone so young (he’s 23 I think). As the session continued, Radio Moscow were firing on all cylinders and we just soaked it in. At one point, after kicking out “Whatever Happened”, Parker asked if he could try out some new material. Shirk’s response? “You can play all day for all I care.”
Parker is the centerpiece of the band, but by no means is Radio Moscow a one man act. Shirk compared them to Jimi Hendrix & The Experience. Now before anybody freaks out, we are not comparing Parker Griggs to Jimi Hendrix, but the overall approach is fairly similar. Todd and Zach do a phenomenal job laying down the rhythm and then get out of the way, letting Parker do his thing. And his thing is nothing short of amazing.
Parker Griggs is one of the best young guitarists out there today, if not the best. He’s a prodigy. As he matures and his songwriting chops get refined, there is no limit on what he and his band can do in the future. Next time they are in your town, go see them.
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