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Local Music Monday: Jason Parsons

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For this week’s Local Music Monday, WUKY’s DeBraun Thomas features a veteran who has become a jack of all trades.

Jason Parsons grew up in Ashland and started playing piano at a young age. Parsons moved to Lexington in 1999 and played around town in several different groups before joining Fifth on the Floor in 2010. Parsons has played many different instruments in various bands but he says his role in Fifth on the Floor was something very new to him.

“What’s been really interesting about Fifth on the Floor for me is enjoying the transition to bass and writing on bass, I’ve never written on bass; I really like that a whole bunch because I’m not a real great lead player on guitar and bass is a real cool middle ground between rhythm guitar and kinda lead, there’s melody ya know.”

Parsons lends his multi-instrumental talents to the band on bass and piano in addition to singing and songwriting. Fifth on the floor tours fairly regularly and Parsons admits that sometimes touring can be difficult, but he says the experiences he’s had are well worth it.

“We had a couple days off in Maine on this last tour and we went over to Acadia National Park, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and you know, I don’t make the kinda money [laughs] where I can just go take a vacation to Maine you know, so that’s one of the best things about touring for me is you know I can basically work my way around the country and you know in this case other countries and see things I might never see.”

Jason Parsons performs with Fifth on the Floor. More information about Parsons and the band can be found at fifthonthefloor.com.

DeBraun Thomas fell in love with radio at a young age but only had interest in working in radio after learning Funk musician Sly Stone got his start in radio. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas moved to Lexington in 2009 to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in radio. Thomas joined WRFL in 2009 and through the UK school of Journalism, Thomas had 2 features air on WUKY. In October of 2012, Thomas began interning at WUKY and produced the Unghosting of Medgar Evers. In August of 2013 Thomas became a staff member at WUKY and since that time, Thomas regularly produces the weekly segment Local Music Mondays which highlights local musicians in Lexington. Thomas hosts the Crunkadelic Funk Show which airs Saturday nights at 9pm and also produced a documentary on the 50th anniversary of the March on Frankfort. In addition to producing and hosting a radio show, Thomas also explores his other passion as a musician in Lexington.
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