Parsonsfield Capture Live Energy And “Sonic Evolution” On New Album, Premiering Via American Songwriter

The new Parsonsfield album Blooming Through The Black, out tomorrow on Signature Sounds, premieres via American Songwriter, who says the new album “captures both the live energy the band has come to be known for as well as the sonic evolution that occurred after months of feeling stagnant.” Stream Blooming Through The Black here.

Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival) produced Blooming Through The Black, and also helped Parsonsfield convert an old axe factory on the banks of the Farmington River in Connecticut into the studio where they would record the stirring new album.

Creating in such a unique and enormous space pushed the band to embrace understatement and subtlety to balance out the their natural exuberance and energy. The result is an album that finds the band deftly moving between driving anthems and quieter, more reflective tracks. And throughout Blooming Through The Black, the band continues to hone their unbelievable harmonies.

The album has already received some early praise, here’s what we’ve been hearing:

"The quintet Parsonsfield is based in western Massachusetts, but their music draws on the string bands of Appalachia. At least in part. They also like to crank up the amps and pin your ears to the wall.”

-WNYC Soundcheck


"A lot of string bands like to talk about how they are innovating, but Parsonsfield actually delivers on that promise...their sound kick out the windows of what most people think of folk and bluegrass." 

-Folk Alley


The band began a 38-date fall tour last night in NYC at a packed Mercury Lounge, full list of remaining tour dates are below.

Watch videos for three of Blooming Through The Black standouts:

- “Barbed Wire”

- “Stronger”

- “Everyone Dies”


Parsonsfield 2016 Fall Tour Dates

9/09   New Market NH @ Stone Church

9/10   Brownfield ME @ Stone Mountain

9/15   Buffalo NY @ 9th Ward

9/16   Syracuse NY @ Nelson Odeon

9/17   Willimantic CT @ The Eclectic

9/18   North Adams MA @ FreshGrass

9/23   Winona MN @ Boats & Bluegrass Festival

9/25   Cincinnati OH @ Midpoint Music Festival

9/26   Chicago IL @ Thalia Hall (with Josh Ritter)

9/28   Minneapolis MN @ Turf Club

9/29   Spearfish, SD @ Back Porch

9/30   Bozeman MT @ Live From The Divide

10/1   Missoula MT @ Stage 112

10/4   Bellingham WA @ The Green Frog

10/5   Seattle WA @ The Sunset Tavern

10/6   Portland, OR @ White Eagle

10/8   Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews

10/9   San Francisco CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall

10/20 Northampton MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall

10/21  Saranac Lake NY @ BluSeed Studios

10/22 Northampton MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall

10/26 Pittsburgh PA @ Club Café

10/27 Ann Arbor MI @ The Ark

10/28 Petosky MI @ Blissfest

10/29 Chicago IL @ Schuba’s

10/30 Cedar Rapids IA @ CSPS Hall

11/2   Madison IN @ River Roots

11/3   Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom

11/4   Toronto ON @ Dakota

11/5   Millheim PA @ Elk Creek

11/10 Thomas WV @ Purple Fiddle

11/11 Arlington VA @ Iota

11/12 Philadelphia PA @ Boot & Saddle

11/13 Annapolis MD @ Rams Head

11/17 Boston MA @ Oberon

11/18 Providence RI @ Fete

11/19 Burlington VT @ Higher Ground


For more information on Parsonsfield, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, or 917.703.8361.