After a run of three new albums in four years, Graham Parker is enjoying a bit of a creative respite.
"I've been hammering it pretty hard," says the British-born singer-songwriter, who made his mark in the late '70s with his band the Rumour. His latest album, "Don't Tell Columbus," came out in 2007.
"I've got a new booking agent," Parker explains, "and he's been getting me a lot of different types of gigs as well as some of the old favorites. It seems to me the live situation is pretty healthy at the moment, much moreso than in parts of the '90s, which was pretty grim.
"(The shows) just keep coming thick and fast, so I haven't thought about writing or anything. I've just been kind of enjoying what I've achieved and created throughout my career, which is a good thing to do every now and then, and then I'll move on from there."
And, Parker adds, live performances offer their own kind of creative opportunities.
"If you play live, you're always re-inventing," he notes. "I'm always pulling out songs I didn't think I could do and realizing, 'What if I change the key and put the capo here or there.' As long as you can pick a few songs and challenge yourself, it feels like you're doing something new up there."
Graham Parker & Tom Freund and John Milroy perform at 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 5) at Callahan's, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $25 and $20. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.
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