BANGOR, Maine — Hermon native Parris Bacon may be on the verge of success in Nashville, but he took time to perform at the agricultural stage of the Bangor State Fair on Saturday night.
The longtime country music singer and songwriter who is on the Sony BMG label, said he is working on an album of his own, and also has a publishing deal with three of his songs awaiting final deals with singers.
Bacon declined to reveal which singers could record the songs, but hinted country fans might figure things out if they listen closely.
“I wrote one called ‘She’s a Cougar,’ and I think if anybody hears me sing it, they’ll know who the artist is, and I’m just hoping he’ll get it on his album,” Bacon said during a quick interview while he got ready for his set Saturday night.
Bacon, 48, is a Hermon High School graduate who said he remembers seeing country acts at the Bangor State Fair as a child. He started playing guitar when he was 12 and wrote his first country song a year later. He played in several bands as a high school student.
Bacon continued to sing and write but only started to take his career seriously seven years ago after he had a throat operation which, he was told, could have been career-ending.
“I wasn’t going to be able to sing again. I was told that,” he said. “And I promised, if I could come out of it, that I’d try to do something.”
He got some encouragement a few years ago during a brush with the now deceased Maine philanthropist Larry Mahaney.
Mahaney, the story goes, heard Bacon sing his song “Now You Did It,” and asked Bacon who wrote it. Bacon told Mahaney it was one of his own, and Mahaney encouraged him to record the song in Nashville.
Bacon said he has written more than 800 songs.
“It’s kind of like, you want to be a swimmer, how many laps you have to do around the pool,” he said.
Bacon is spending the summer in Carmel with his two children, including daughter Paige Bacon, a singer.
According to his page on Myspace.com, Bacon will appear at 8 p.m. Aug. 28-29 at the Stress Free Moose Pub & Cafe in Greenville. He’s also working in local studios to keep up with his songwriting.
“I work here and e-mail all the songs to Nashville,” he said. “You can do anything on a laptop.”