Marlon Williams, Jordan Luck and Delaney Davidson are among those paying tribute to Christchurch music identity Al Park out next month.
Better Already – The Songs Of Al Park is released on February 15 via ALP Records/Southbound and is affectionate tribute to Park, who has been a fixture on the Lyttleton music scene since the ‘80s.
This album features songs Park has written over the years and as well as Luck, Williams and Davidson, it features contributions from the likes of Barry Saunders, The Eastern’s Adam McGrath and Helen Mulholland, who performed with Park in Louie and the Hotsticks in the 1980s.
McGrath says: “It’s a thank you, a very loud and appreciative tip o’ the cap to someone who has had a shoulder to many wheels, a hand in many helpings, a voice of wisdom in many thinkings and wonderings.”
As well as his own music, Park has worked on a wide variety positions in the music business and served as early mentor for artists such as Davidson, who produced Better Already. He also played an integral role in Christchurch’s post-quake musical recovery.
To celebrate the release of Better Already, Park and others will be playing Blue Smoke in Christchurch on February 15.