11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Molly Parden

Molly Parden

The great music film “20 Feet from Stardom” spotlighted the important contributions made by some of the music world’s great backup singers. One singer who has made her mark in this role recently here in Music City is folk-artist Molly Parden.

Working with some notable Americana artists, Molly has added her angelic voice to recordings by people we all love such as Andrew Combs and Sam Outlaw. With respected artists like Ryan Adams as fans, it’s now time for Molly to further step out on her own as a recording singer-songwriter.

Listen to her lovely new single, “Sail on the Water,” here: https://soundcloud.com/mollyparden/sail-on-the-water.

Come see Molly Parden at the Mercy Lounge on Friday December 8 as she opens for David Ramirez. She’s caught my ear for sure, and I sure appreciate her taking the time with my usual 11 Questions.


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I️ grew up in Jonesboro, GA and moved to Nashville in May 2013 from East Atlanta. I was really just looking for a change and Nashville seemed desirably far away while still close to home.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

The first record I️ purchased was probably a Mark Schultz CD that I️ bought at a Family Christian bookstore. I️ grew up on Contemporary Christian Music and didn’t know much about pop music until my late teens. My most recent purchase was The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me on vinyl which I️ bought at Grimey’s in Nashville. Trying to make up for lost time.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

I️ don’t know how I️ remember this, but Carmen was my first concert. I️ remember sitting on my dad’s shoulders so I️ could see. Most recent was The War on Drugs, who I️ got to see in Austin while I️ was on tour with David Ramirez.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Mike Grimes

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

Coffee: Crema. Pizza: Five Points Pizza or Pizza Perfect in Hillsboro Village.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

“Beauty Has a Name” by Thad Cockrell

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Athens Family Restaurant

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Bryan Cates, Erin Rae, Caleb Groh. Mostly so I️ could sing harmony to all their songs.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

The Basement

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

It’s already way too crowded. I’m fine with no one else moving to Nashville.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

Hopefully joining the alto section of angels in the great beyond. On an earthly level, a full-length record, shows and lots more harmony vocals



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