The Colored Parade is the musical brainchild of Nashville, TN-based songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Adkins. Mixing tapestries of sounds, atmospheric textures with lush vocal ambiance and a wide array of musical styles, flavors and elements all add up to create this fresh, new sound and vision called The Colored Parade. The songs from The Colored Parade’s debut release, “…And The Walls Of The City Will Shake” blends and uniquely combines ‘rootsy’ overtones with currents of electronic-synth, obscure samples, wailing undertones of pedal steel guitar, a barrage of horns with cascades of vocal harmonies. Ladies and gentlemen, The Colored Parade has arrived! Enjoy our interview with TCP below!
ET: How did you get started in music? When did you realize it was something you wanted to pursue?
TCP: I got my first guitar for my 2nd Christmas. I can’t really think of a time when I didn’t have one around or didn’t want to play music.
ET: How would you describe your sound? How did you settle on this genre over others?
TCP: If I had to label myself I would call it “Genre-Deficient”. But seriously, It’s hard to describe to people. It all comes out so crazy because I don’t really pay attention to genres and I have such a problem with coloring in the lines, so to speak. I create for the sake of creating and I think it comes out all mixed up and jumbled together because I am influenced and inspired by so much.
ET: Who or what influences you to write and perform, why?
TCP: I just love music. Bill Monroe to Beastie Boys…Townes Van Zandt to Zeppelin, Jane’s Addiction to Johnny Cash, …Mozart to Marty Robbins…just anything that moves me.
ET: Tell us about your upcoming album release, “…And The Walls of The City Will Shake,” coming out May 6th! What does this album represent? How is it different than your other works?
TCP: The main difference between this and anything I have done is it doesn’t have much outside interpretation other than myself. I played most of the album myself with help on a few songs. So, to me that is a big difference. The whole process was pretty revealing, dark, happy and fun all at the same time. I think the songs and the album represents those emotions pretty well.
ET: What is next for you in 2014 after the release? Any shows, tours, etc?
TCP: I will be releasing a solo album towards the end of the year. It will be a more stripped down, acoustic-based album. It will have lots of strings, harmonica, banjo, mandolin and pedal steel guitar. I will do a some shows here and there and more extensively when the 2nd album comes out. I am piecing together a band right now to go out and play songs from both albums. I am super excited about The Colored Parade and sharing the music with everyone!