Dennis Parker had big-name gigs and a Grammy to boot, but found real joy when he had nothing but God’s love
By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com
First of two parts.
RENFRO VALLEY, Ky. — In a few hours, Dennis Parker would be delivering some driving rhythm guitar for group aptly named, “Kentucky Thunder.”
The group would accompany Country Music and Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs and bring the house down with standards like “Uncle Pen,” “Rawhide,” and “Pig in a Pen,” each of which could elevate the heartbeat enough to qualify as aerobic exercise.
But in a dressing room backstage, Parker reflected on a life that has taken him to the heights of country music with a Grammy Award and performing in sold out arenas across the nation. It’s a life that has also seen him homeless and struggling with alcoholism that eventually put him in jail on five different occasions.
He’s asked if he has a favorite song. Continue reading “Just give him Jesus!”