Bryan "Big Dog" Parker....aka “Bad Dog” Parker hails from the metropolis of Urbana, Ohio (pop. 11,613) After steadfastly refusing more formal music training (piano, trombone, choir, etc), Bryan picked up the guitar when at age 13, his older brother Steve threw off his guitar as he had found the Lord and had no use for worldly possessions such as a vintage natural finish 1954 Gibson ES-175 electric hollow body.Big Dog owes his big brother for giving him his start with the guitar but stubbornly refuses to return that old piece of junk to this day. A longtime “closet guitarist”, Bryan sang and played mostly solo acoustic guitar in small coffee shop venues and for anyone who would lend an ear. That all changed in 1985 when Bryan had an opportunity to hear the one and only Stevie Ray Vaughn live and in concert at McKale Center in Tucson. From that time Bryan began pursuing the blues and after practicing his trade has finally come out of the closet(in a manner of speaking). In 2002, while attending the National Guitar Workshop in Connecticut, Bryan had the honor of sharing the stage with the members of Blue Oyster Cult. “I played three songs with them and have never been so scared in my entire life.” Bryan played in a gospel band “Higher Ground” and also played in several local jam circuits before joining the short lived “Hogs Breath Blues Band.” Bryan also fronts the Man & Guitar World Tour, a duo also based in Tampa. Bryan’s musical influences include Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya, Duke Robillard and Tom Petty. Bryan currently makes his home in Tampa, Florida. In his spare time he flies big jets for a large and a well known formerly bankrupt airline and is based in NYC.