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Charting the Music: Graham Parker & the Rumour, 'Three Chords Good'

Charting the Music: Graham Parker & the Rumour, 'Three Chords Good'
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"Three Chords Good" may have been created by old souls, but Graham Parker & the Rumour have produced 51 minutes of fresh, insightful music.

Graham Parker & the Rumour's three-decade separation produces the long-awaited sixth record "Three Chords Good." This album will bring back veteran fans while offering a helping hand to new friends.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #5 Americana for the week of December 3, 2012.

Can be heard on: Bittersweet Melody with Allen Dahm, Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst with Rich Reese and Sound Salvation with Steve Pick.

Record label, release date and producer: Primary Wave Records released "Three Chords Good" on November 20, 2012; it was produced by Graham Parker and Dave Cook.

RIYL: Elvis Costello, Marshall Crenshaw and Rockpile.

Hometown: Parker currently makes his home near Woodstock, N.Y.

Standout tracks: The title track "Three Chords Good" proves a simple chord progression can go a long way. Parker takes aim at a controversial issue in the guitar and handclap-guided tune "Coathangers."

About the artist: After briefly working at a glove factory and traveling throughout Europe, Graham Parker joined forces with the musicians who formed the Rumour in 1975. By 1980, they had released five albums and an EP before calling it quits. After 30 plus years, they reformed releasing these 12 original tracks as if decades haven't passed by.

About producer: Dave Cook is veteran in the music business, yet hard to research on Google. He is responsible in many album credits as an engineer, but is also a jazz musician, releasing two albums of his own. He has been involved with the B-52's, Joey DeFrancesco and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Cook's relationship with Parker dates back to 1995 with "12 Haunted Episodes."

About the label: In January of 2006, Primary Wave Records was founded by Lawrence Mestel after acquiring 50 percent of Kurt Cobain's music catalog from Courtney Love for approximately $50 million. The company calls both New York and Los Angeles home and is distributed by EMI throughout the U.S. and Canada. Primary Wave houses an eclectic mix of artists, including Daniel Johnston, Jessica Simpson and Def Leppard.

Did you know?: Graham Parker will appear in Judd Apatow's new film "This is 40," starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Parker also lends two tracks for the film's soundtrack, one with Punch Brothers and the other with the Rumour.

Play it while: Wearing a suit and jamming on a Fender Stratocaster.

What the critics say: "'Three Chords Good' is all about the chemistry that exists between Parker and these veteran British musicians, who morphed into the Rumour from the 1970s pub-rock band Brinsley Schwarz. Their flowing interplay allows them to slip effortlessly into ensemble pieces such as 'She Rocks Me' as if they'd been playing closely together without a break instead of apart for 30-plus years." Sam Gnerre, Daily Breeze.

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