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VIDEO PREMIERE: Jess Parker - 'Help Myself'

19 July 2023 | 11:54 am | Mary Varvaris

To date, Jess Parker has been making a name for herself with her singing, storytelling and finger-picking.

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Help Myself, the first single from Australian artist Jess Parker’s upcoming Americana-influenced album, Wholesome Prison Blues, is sure to find an audience with listeners with its authentic honky-tonk touches, fiddle and trumpet.

The Victorian country/folk artist is stretching herself after a prolific period, which included the 2020 and 2022 albums, Death Songs & Kitchen Spirituals and Bread & Butter. Those albums led to multiple sold-out shows across Victoria’s regions, including in central Melbourne.

If Help Myself is anything to go by, October’s Wholesome Prison Blues – to be released on the independent record label Ragged Gum Records – will also sell out concerts with its sing-along choruses and Parker’s sublime storytelling abilities.

The music video for Help Myself finds Parker dressed as a housewife, bored at home until she fulfils her full potential when she takes the stage. And with a voice like that, Parker belongs on stages, rocking audiences with a fascinating blend of country, blues and swing music.

Today, Countrytown is proud to premiere the music video for Help Myself.

Parker tells us about the clip: “This was filmed in my Campbells Creek kitchen and at Shotkickers Thornbury. Help Myself is a wink and a nod to the women in any male-dominated industry, a reminder to keep on truckin’, keep on playin’, be yourself and have fun!”

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While we’re premiering the music video today, upon the single’s release in May, which premiered on Sunburnt Country Music and Swinging Doors on PBSFM, Parker described her latest single as “a feminist barn-stomper about being a woman in a man’s world, learning to be yourself and havin’ fun!” Amen. You can check out the music video below.

Last year, Parker received recognition from Music Victoria when she was nominated for the Best Regional Act of 2022. That wouldn’t happen without her hard work, dedication, talent, and spectacular seven-piece band.

To date, Parker has been making a name for herself with her singing, storytelling and finger-picking, and touring alongside Cedric Burnside (USA), CW Stoneking and Tex Perkins.