Hailed by Pick Bristol as "Bristol's own troubadour," Bristol, Virginia native JP Parsons is no stranger to the music scene; he has been a local favorite for years. Although, since his debut CD "Appalachian Travels" in August of 2012, he has been received as a regional songwriting sensation. With his unique, gripping voice, and soulful lyrics, Parsons' music will please your ears while taking you along the journey with him.
Parsons' passion for music began with the piano at the age of six and quickly grew into the art of songwriting. Versed in guitar, bass, banjo, piano, lap steel, and even the saxophone, Parsons' natural talent for songwriting, versatile playing style, and love for performance has gained him a large and diverse fan base across the region.
In 2013, after being mainly a solo performer, Parsons formed JP Parsons and The American Bandwagon, consisting of an eclectic mixture of multi-instrumentalists from The Birthplace of Country Music's historic musical culture. Matt Osborne brings his love of bluegrass with upright bass, banjo, and electric guitar. Seasoned performer, Quentin Horton shares his talents with the addition of mandolin and Telecaster rooted in country and rock and roll. One evening after seeing Parsons perform, drummer Scott Thomas signed on and completed the quartet. After two well received performances in 2013's multi-award winning festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, JP Parsons and The American Bandwagon are pleasing audiences everywhere they play. And thus a new adventure has began.