Rudy Parris, Native American country singer/songwriter, debuts with his down-home album, “Makin' My Way." Rudy’s appearances on NBC’s The Voice as a Team Blake (Shelton) member brought him into the homes of millions of viewers.
“He damn sure may not look country, but country’s still in there, man!” ~Blake Shelton
“Rudy has a soulful, native spirit and authentic voice.” ~Steven Tyler
Rudy Parris “Makin’ My Way” will be released on June 24, 2016 (available for preorder now), produced by Grammy winning Warrior Records’ president, Jim Ervin. The album was recorded in the historic Capitol Records Studios and features guest appearances by Hank Williams III, 4-Time Grammy Winner Little Joe (y la familia), Michael Madsen, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee/Grammy winner), Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam), and a host of Nashville’s finest musicians.
As a Visalia, CA, native, Rudy is of Navajo descent and was greatly influenced by the Bakersfield sound due in part to a longstanding residency playing alongside Buck Owens at his Crystal Palace. Citing Owens and Merle Haggard as his greatest influences, Parris feels fortunate to have been mentored by the masters. “I learned from Buck that I just need to be me,” Parris says. “Buck played his music, had fun, and joked around. He instilled in my that sense of freedom to be myself.” Carrying the torch for the Bakersfield sound is important to Parris, which is why his producer chose to record the album at famed Capitol Records “Studio B” (the same room where both Owens and Haggard recorded their hits).
In the meantime, Rudy continues to expand his fan base, staying busy as an in-demand live draw. He has toured nationally as lead guitarist for Hank Williams III and has also performed as a solo artist with some of the biggest names in music, including Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Buck Owens, among many others.