Parsonsfield Balance Infectiousness And Nuance On Stirring New Album Blooming Through The Black, Out September 9th On Signature Sounds 

Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive), and Recorded in an Old Axe Factory Renovated by the Band 

"A lot of string bands like to talk about how they are innovating, but Parsonsfield actually delivers on that promise. Not only does their sound kick out the windows of what most people think of folk and bluegrass, but their new video raises a flag for the millennial generation”

Watch Captivating Video for “Stronger” via Folk Alley 

July 26, 2016 – The members of Parsonsfield knew it would not be easy, but they relished the challenge of converting an old axe factory on the banks of the Farmington River in Connecticut into the studio where they would record their stirring new album Blooming Through The Black, out September 9th on Signature Sounds. The band recruited producer Sam Kassirer to help them convert the cavernous space into a working studio. 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.

Blooming Through The Black opens with “Stronger,” a slow-burner that begins as an acoustic folk number and builds to an electrified tumult. It's a showcase for their instrumental prowess, lyrical chops, and unbridled passion. The title track—inspired by the sight of the first flowers growing back in the forest fire-charred landscape of Hell Canyon, South Dakota—finds singer/banjo player Chris Freeman blending punk energy with earnest sincerity in his delivery, while "Across Your Mind" rides a feel-good groove driven by bassist Harrison Goodale and drummer Erik Hischman, and "Water Through A Mill" ebbs and flows like a solemn hymn on top of Max Shakun's meditative pump organ.

Catch Parsonsfield onstage any night and the band's joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones, and shoot each other big grins. They sing in tight multi-part harmonies, their voices blending like they've been doing this together all their lives. That's because Parsonsfield is a family band, not by birth but by choice.

Though they call western Massachusetts home, Parsonsfield draws their name from the rural Maine town that's home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned- recording-studio of Kassirer. It was there that they cut their outstanding debut, Poor Old Shine, which established them as a roots force to be reckoned with. Folk Alley dubbed their songs "the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas." Their rowdy live performances only upped the ante, with The Bluegrass Situation falling for their "fun and frenzy" and No Depression raving that they'll "give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms."

The band will tour extensively to support ‘Blooming Through The Black”. Current itinerary below, and can also be found here.

Parsonsfield is: Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Whale Goodale (bass), Erik Hischmann (drums)


Tour Dates (additional dates to be announced)

7/28   S Hiram ME @ Ossipee Valley Music Festival

7/29   S Hiram ME @ Ossipee Valley Music Festival

8/04   Narrows VA @ Right Turn, Clyde

8/05   Southern Pines NC @ First Friday at Sunrise Theater

8/06   Charlotte NC @ National Whitewater Center

8/07   Winston-Salen NC @ Muddy Creek Music Hall

8/12   Bethlehem PA @ Musikfest

8/13   Kennett Square PA @ P3 Concerts

8/14   Toms River NJ @ The Listening Room

9/07   New York NY @ Mercury Lounge

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

9/24   Winona MN @ Boats & Bluegrass Festival

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

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

10/22 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 @ CSPS Hall

11/03 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom

11/04 Toronto ON @ Dakota

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


Blooming Through The Black Track List:

1.  Stronger

2.  Blooming Through The Black

3.  Across Your Mind

4.  Water Through A Mill

5.  Barbed Wire

6.  Ties That Bind Us

7.  Don’t Get Excited

8.  Everyone Dies

9.  Mental Remedy

10. Hot Air Balloon


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