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October 23, 2008

Judge Parker, the band, holds court

Band to play covers, original songs at Muskogee club tonight

When working with a band, Judge Parker’s vocalist Larry Pearson said it’s a lot like fishing. You have to be patient, and you’ll hook something.

And this band has defined the term patient with its 20-year career performing with musical greats like Big and Rich, Jackyl, Shooter Jennings, Chris LeDoux and Molly Hatchet to name a few.

“We are a new Southern rock band,” he said. “But we are not new, it’s just the sound. We mix classic and Southern rock and play some of our originals, too.”

Judge Parker is performing today at Charlie’s Wildside club in Muskogee.

Big Ken Yates of Muskogee said he loves Judge Parker’s sound.

“They can play covers with the best of them,” he said. “But it’s their original music that stands out. People love it.”

Some of Yates’ favorite tunes on their third CD, “Along For the Ride,” scheduled to be released soon on Court Records.

“They have some great songs,” he said. “The song, ‘In the Wind,’ is great. I also like ‘Tombstone,’ and ‘Hell on the Border.’”

Yates said all of them have a different feel.

Pearson said he first began singing at the age of 5.

“I started writing limericks like kids do,” he said. “Some were silly and the others just got my face slapped. They were the dirty ones. I learned to play the guitar, and my brother and I just took it from there. We founded Judge Parker and have been with them since.”



Pearson said the band has had some great experiences, including being in a video with the late Johnny Cash.



“We played John Carter Cash’s 21st birthday party in ’94 or ’95,” he said. “It was an all-star cast with a lot of legendary musicians. Every now and then we get to do something big like that.”

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