Parks, with his usual aristocratic wit, verbal wordplay and southern charm, performed songs written as far back as the mid-1800s (Louis Gottschalk) and as relevant as this year's oil spill. Parks has evolved into a treasure, a rollicking, bluesy, piano-playing American storyteller. It was as if he traveled to the Wexner from the year 1900 - only, his music is timelessly relevant.
Van Dyke Parks' website: http://vandykeparks.com/
Clare and the Reasons site: http://www.myspace.com/clareandthereasons