Rudy Parris was invited to the Buck Owens Birthday Bash, held at Bucks' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. It surely was the place to be. The full guest list, too long to mention, included Tracy Bird, Dwight Yokum, Brad Paisley, Gary Allen, and many others. Garth Brooks even called in his wishes for a good night. By the end of the evening, everyone wanted to know who Rudy Parris was and where had he been hiding! Parris and his brother, Abel, had been "Hiding" in front of large crowds as an opening act.
Rudy wasn't exactly new to the business, having paid his dues warming up audiences for Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Jr, BB King, and Bo Didley, among many others. Rudy has also had the honor of playing guitar on tour for Hank Williams III. This explained it…this 'unheard of' talent already had the ability to maintain an audience. Setting Rudy's voice aside, his obsession with the guitar is readily apparent as he coaxes the crowd onto their feet, making his guitar sing, dance, whisper, and scream. A true showman, Parris also plays bass, harmonica and drums. Recently playing drums and bass for Bay Area Blues Legend, Ron Thompson.
Rudy was born and raised in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, a few miles from the historical country music mecca Bakersfield, CA. There he had the pleasure of working for Buck Owens at The Crystal Palace for 7 years. Rudy has also filmed a new Instructional DVD and signed a deal with OHP Guitar. They are now running ads in two major guitar publications (Guitar World & Guitar Player), providing him a worldwide exposure.
Following Rudy's performances on NBC's The Voice, his fan base contunues growing daily and his schedule grows busier. Many major artists in the Rock, Country and Blues community have given Rudy the thumbs up. Be on the lookout for a new album coming soon!