Review and Photos by Rosie Judd
The Parlor Sessions is a tour made up of four talented singer-songwriters traveling around the country bringing their troubadour-esque stories in song to eager audiences. Dean Fields, Andy Zipf, Eliot Bronson and Jason Myles Goss have all worked hard over the years to build their own fan-bases and reputations as topnotch songwriters and storytellers. This special “in the round” format for the tour allows them to spread their music to rapt audiences that appreciate well-crafted and beautifully-performed songs.
The night opened with the four men taking the stage at Eddie’s to a full and enthusiastic crowd. From the first song, the respectful Eddie’s crowd settled in to be serenaded by 4 talented performers. Dean Fields and Eliot Bronson are no strangers to the Atlanta music scene, so it was with great surprise that Jason Myles Goss opened up the night. Jason currently calls Brooklyn home, but got his start performing his solo work at Oberlin College and quickly won over the Eddie’s Attic crowd with his warm voice and character driven lyrics. The 4 performers went round-robin, moving next to Dean Fields. Deans songs were full of hard words that come together to create velvety stories of hope and a kind of sweetness. It’s clear to see why Dean, who currently calls Nashville home, was chosen as Nashville’s Lightning 100 “Artist of the Week” this pas April. Dean is definitely a talent to be watched.
Eliot Bronson is no stranger to Atlanta or to Eddie’s Attic, so it was no surprise that many in the crowd were softly singing along to Eliot’s offerings that night. Eliot definitely owned the crowd, and after a couple of frustrations with microphone levels, eventually unplugged himself and just sang to the crowd completely acoustic and the audience ate it up. Andy Zipf finished out the round with his delicate and heavenly voice soaring through his mesmerizing songs. It’s not just in the sound of his voice, but his phrasing and even his use of breath create drama and ambience throughout his songs. All of the men were aiding each other here and there. Additional guitar parts, harmonies, an occasional harmonica or bells all showed how much these men not only respect each others music but are also fans of each other.
The highlights of the evening included “Blacklights” from Jason Myles Goss, with the crowd enthusiastically welcoming Jason and his story of a boxer and a fighter translated into a song that isn’t necessarily about winning, but the hard work that it takes and that it sometimes doesn’t work out the way we plan. Eliot Bronson’s “Milwaukee” was a heartfelt tribute and story to a friend that he lost that not only made me love the story but think about some of my own friends that I’ve lost along the way. Andy Zipf lead the crowd in a more in depth crowd participation than I’ve seen in a long time, inviting the audience to pull up their own “instrument” from a soundcloud link and also singing along to beautiful “ooohs and ahhs” even inviting in harmonies where ever we felt like. Even the three beautiful covers they played demonstrated the amazing harmonizing skills of these 4 gentleman and I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to end a gorgeous night of music than with a completely unplugged version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Only Living Boy In New York.” These four have created something truly special with The Parlor Sessions and it was a pleasure to be a part of the Eddie’s Attic audience that witnessed this performance.