LIVE: Graham Parker @ Caffe Lena, 8/1/09

Back in the day, you’d probably never guess that you’d ever find the volatile Mr. Parker in a tiny, intimate coffeehouse in Saratoga Springs.

Back then, Parker was lumped in the British New Wave of Angry Young Men along with a pair of singer-songwriter-rockers who followed in his footsteps – Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson.

Of course, all of that was way back in the ’70s, long before Parker jettisoned the Rumor. In the past decade, Parker has recorded a batch of crack solo albums, teamed up with former Saratogians the Figgs for some equally crackling rock ‘n’ roll and published a collection of short stories as well as a novel.

Parker hasn’t lost his caustic wit, however, or his knack for superior songsmithing for that matter. And all were in evidence at Caffe Lena on Saturday, August 1.

Graham Parker (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Graham Parker (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

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