Kenny Parker

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Kenny Parker
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Background Information


St Clair Shores


Albion, MI

Years Active

1967 - Present




Songwriter, Guitarist


Electric & Acoustic Guitar


Associated Acts

Kenny Parker Band
Parker Devins Trio


Kenny Parker grew up in Albion, Michigan and began playing in his first band, the Esquires, at 14. He begin listening to Albert King and B.B. King in high school via the local record store, and he took his inspiration from them. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1976 and took a job in a Cadillac factory while looking around for the right opportunities to play blues at night."

In the early 1990s, Kenny joined the Butler Twins as lead guitarist. While Parker toured Europe with the Butler Twins, JSP Records founder John Stedman heard him and decided to sign him up for his own recording. The Butler Twins accompany Parker on his debut recording, and he's also backed by harp master Darrell Nulisch, best known for his work with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. The Butler Twins and Nulisch contribute vocals on Parker's Raise the Dead, and since Parker doesn't consider himself a singer, his guitar playing takes center stage.

In February 2013 Kenny had a benign tumor surgically removed from his brain which had been growing for over 15 years. The tumor, which was around and in Parker's hearing canal, was diagnosed in June 2011. He made a full recovery but is irreversibly deaf in his right ear.Read about the Benefit for Kenny

In 2014 with the release of Raising The Dead, the remastered 1998 Raise The Dead album, Kenny restarted the Kenny Parker Band and plays throughout Michigan and Southern Ontario, Canada. In 2017 Kenny teamed up with Dan Devins and Dan's son Ben Devins to form a blues acoustic trio, the Parker Devins Trio.


CD's/Digital downloads:


Yes Indeed! (2012) Bandcamp


  • Uncut Detroit III: Live Studio Blues (2008) songs "She's The One For Me", "Too Hot For Me" cdbaby


External Links

Kenny Parker Facebook