**Slow Parade with special guest Ryan Moore live at Eddie’s Attic!**
Slow Parade is the musical messenger of songwriter Matthew Pendrick. Based in the fertile landscape of Atlanta, Georgia, Slow Parade’s 3rd LP Maybe You’ll Come Around Again distills a familiar recipe of Roots, Blues and Country into a potent elixir once known as Rock & Roll.
With echoes of Harvest-era Neil Young or the Band’s more clear eyed moments at Big Pink, Maybe You’ll Come Around Again strips back the shiney veneer of digital technology in search of something less. Pendrick’s characters are low on gas, incurious of redemption, and probably high on something. They slouch towards the lucidity lurking under every pounding headache from a good time Saturday night.
Born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, a sleepy southern town lulling in the shadows just east of Atlanta, Slow Parade leader Matthew Pendrick came up during a creative heyday in one of the South’s small town artistic meccas. Early on, Pendrick honed his musical chops while busking under the tutelage of notorious street musician ‘Guitar Red’. Soaking up the city’s deep musical history while digging down through the roots, Pendrick has shared the stage with many of the South’s musical torch bearers as well as contemporaries as diverse as Daniel Romano, CW Stoneking , Israel Nash and T Hardy Morris. Active for over decade Atlanta’s thriving music scene, Pendrick had played side-man, recordist, producer and friend to much of the city’s finest young talent before striking out on his own.
Wanting to expand his musical palette into fresh territory, Pendrick formed Slow Parade to execute a vision that had been slowly simmering in the dustier corners of his brain. The group’s 2015 debut album Big Plans illuminated a stark vision of new century America from the view of a young man still unsure of how to open his eyes. Big Plans simmered quietly with gut string guitar plucks, gently whispered pleas for salvation, and a lush backdrop of ear candy to make Phil Spector swoon. Occasionally, it even rocked. Four years on, Slow Parade’s 2nd LP Hi-Fi LowLife marked a creative leap, showcasing a band unwilling to be tethered to conventions of genre. Hi-Fi LowLife, a dizzying kaleidoscope of a record, bursted from the speakers with beautiful abandon; a hazy-eyed song cycle that points a deep gaze into the state of modern life.
The bulk of Slow Parade’s newest LP Maybe You’ll Come Around Again was recorded over the course of just 3 days at Standard Electric Recording Co. outside Atlanta, GA. Aiding and abetting Pendrick was a cherry picked ensemble of good friends with big ears: Matt ‘Pistol’ Stoessel on the pedal steel guitar (Faye Webster, Cracker), Evan Sarver on bass (Southern Avenue, Col. Bruce Hampton), Rhett Huffman on keys (American Aquarium) and Ryan Van Fleet on Drums (American Aquarium). The goal was to capture the songs as naturally as possible, with everyone playing together in one room. It happened that the room had its own history as the Greater Zion Full Baptist Church, originally built in 1908. That the space itself had incubated the seeds of the music tradition Slow Parade now channeled was not lost on the band.
“I’ve been taking my time with a dream I can’t mend,” Pendrick muses wistfully on ‘Napping on the Job,’ trading twang for a touch of blissful atmospherics. As the melody swirls and shimmers around the ears in a hallucinatory trance of lush pedal steel and electric piano, Slow Parade beckons us to surrender to the dream. If only for a few stolen winks, if only for one last drink, if only for a few more miles. Maybe it doesn’t have to be so complicated. Maybe You’ll Come Around Again.
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Ryan Moore is an Atlanta based musician who has played alongside Pony Bradshaw, Katie Toupin (Houndmouth), Tyler Key and Strangers, No Yonder, Cody Marlowe, and others.
While Ryan is certainly no stranger to the stage, standing front and center with guitar in hand is new territory for him. Born into a family of musicians, Moore was started behind drum kit as soon as he could hold sticks. After more than a decade of hard work across thousands of gigs and studio sessions, Ryan has established himself as an in demand collaborator in the Georgia music community.
Holding down the backbeat behind some of the South’s greatest tunesmiths ultimately inspired Moore to step out from behind the drum set to pursue a project focused on his own songwriting. In June of 2023, Moore released his debut EP, ‘Rotten Dealin’ with the help of fellow Pony Bradshaw bandmate Robert Green who served as engineer and co-producer. Recorded almost entirely in Green’s laundry room, there’s an intimate rawness to the record that complements the delicate twang behind Moore’s lyrics.
Tirelessly driven from one artistic pursuit to the next, Moore is currently plotting his next release as he tours the country with Pony Bradshaw, playing such famed stages as The Ryman, Gruene Hall, Pappy and Harriet’s, Lollapalooza, and many others.