Brooke Parrott’s songwriting recalls Laurel Canyon-era folksingers like Carole King, early Bonnie Raitt and pre-rebellious-period Norah Jones. Her warm oatmeal cookie of a voice sounds like your mom’s when you drifted off to sleep with your head against her chest, or the sound of ’70s AM radio as you dozed off on a long road trip with your folks.
The Portland-via-London-via-Boston-via-Eugene songwriter has already come a long way with her music, and her work with popular PDX indie rockers Loch Lomond (who sell-out concerts all over Europe) shows that she’s got a lot farther to go. But Parrott has never lost sight of her first passion – writing and singing her own piano-based compositions.
“Loch Lomond really opened my eyes to the band/family dynamic which has made me never want to play a solo tour again,” says Parrot. “Having a band is like having a wonderfully dysfunctional group of your best friends traveling the world with you.”
In early June, Parrott is kicking off a tour supporting Buried, an EP of original works spanning her time living in London and a yurt in the Oregon wilderness. “This is the first time I’ve played shows on the West Coast with a band, and it really changes the experience of my songs,” says Brooke. Recorded in L.A., the collection is anchored by “Call it Done” – a gently lilting Americana tune, propelled by infectious hand-claps, and a sing-along chorus that has all the makings of a big-ol’ NPR hit.
“The inspirational songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s have always been a huge influence in my songwriting,” Parrott explains, “but I feel like, with this EP, I’ve finally started to distill that into my own sound.”
Brooke Parrott plays 9 pm Saturday, June 2,, at Sam Bond’s; $5.