Kristen Dragotto, A&E Editor
Parker Gispert from “The Whigs” is scheduled to play at The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy March 8. Gispert will be performing his solo album “Sunlight Tonight” which was released in November 2018.
Gispert is an Atlanta, Georgia native who started his music career in the early 2000s while in college in Athens, Georgia, where he collaborated on forming the “The Whigs.” Gispert stated, “I liked performing from an early age, no matter the context and got into music at a young age. It was the perfect combination of travel and art for me.”
Gispert started working on his solo album after “The Whigs” decreased their activity in 2017. In his biography featured on the New West Records website, Gispert is quoted saying, “It occurred to me that if I wanted to record and tour, I was going to need to do this solo.”
After making the decision to go solo, Gispert moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Taking roots near Music City itself, he now resides on a hemp farm an hour outside the iconic city.
Gispert then released his solo album “Sunlight Tonight” produced by Emery Dobyns. The album consists of eight songs and in its entirety is roughly 20 minutes long.
The album offers an exceptional sound that often is not heard in music. Gispert attributed this quality of his work by stating, “I try not to stay within one genre.” This statement is more than true because you can tell he pulls different qualities from all type of genres. This ability to incorporate many avenues allows Gispert to have a unique sound that makes him memorable.
If forced to put a label on “Sunlight Tonight,” I would say it has more of a folk-indie feel with undertones of rock incorporated, which can clearly be heard in his song, “Too Dumb to Love Anyone.”
“Sunlight Tonight” offers an almost spiritual like journey, giving its listener the opportunity to reflect on themselves. Needless to say, the album itself is an experience and at its best is listened in its entirety rather than in chunks.
Each song on the album gives the listener a chance to do more than enjoy the soundtrack itself but the opportunity to take something with them after having listened. Gispert stated, “My goal for my music is for the listener to enjoy it and take away what they need to from it.”
Gispert offers fans numerous ways to access his album. “Sunlight Tonight” can be found on: SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Play Music and iHeartRadio.
Parker Gispert will be performing at The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy March 8, located off Manchester Avenue in St. Louis. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy website for $8 in advanced or fans can purchase tickets for $10 the day of.
If his performance is even half the quality of his album it will be more than worth the money and the time spent. Gispert’s music is one of kind in a world that is so focused on following the trend.