Nashville-based Southern rocker Bari Leigh is premiering her new song “Parsons” exclusively for readers of The Boot. Readers can press play below to hear it.

As its slow tempo and lyrics might indicate, “Parsons” was written while Leigh was making her way through a difficult breakup; however, "the problem wasn't that the relationship was ending, it was the fact that I felt so betrayed by this person,” she tells The Boot.

“They worked so hard to pretend they were someone I thought I knew," Leigh adds, "then one day, they woke up and decided to be their true self -- which happened to be an awful person.”

"Parsons" is a big step in terms of vulnerability for Leigh, who says that she likes to keep her cards close to her vest.

“I don't like talking about my feelings, and I don't like feeling sorry for myself. The best way for me to get the bad feelings out is by making good music,” she explains. “This album, like my last, is truly from the bottom of my heart. It's me. It's honest but sassy, and it was a whole lot of fun to make. I want listeners to feel like they were there, in that moment, having fun, feeling those feelings, breaking the rules, taking chances.”

“Parsons” appears on Leigh’s forthcoming self-released album Honey & Gravel, set to debut on April 28. Fans can learn more about Leigh and her upcoming project at BariLeigh.com.

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