Bethesda might not be known for having a great music scene, but one local musician thinks that might change soon.
Chevy Chase musician Parthenon Huxley has recently finished recording an album entitled “Thank You Bethesda,” a musical shout-out to the community he’s called home since moving here seven years ago from Los Angeles. And with the help of a successful online fundraising campaign, the record is on its way to being mixed, mastered and released.
“I don’t expect my album to put Bethesda on the map, because Bethesda is already on the map,” said Huxley. “But I’d love it to be the soundtrack.”
Huxley, a recording artist with a career spanning 30 years, plays with The Orchestra, a band comprised of former members of ELO. He started recording the album more than three years ago along with engineer and co-producer Mark Williams at Bethesda-based Sucker Punch Studios.
The album title “Thank You Bethesda” was taken from a song on the record, which Huxley actually recorded before he moved here, based on an adventure he had in college with a friend from the area.
But the song took on a new meaning once he moved here from LA to raise his children with his wife, who also hails from Bethesda.
“It’s a completely different world from [Los Angeles,]” Huxley said. “I found it to be a really good move for me, a great place to grow and raise a family and reach new personal milestones…Some of the songs on the album refer to that whole process.”
The album started as a labor of love, but an online fundraising campaign through Kickstarter.com quickly drew financial support from donors.
Huxley’s goal of $8,200 was surpassed after eight days of the 30-day campaign, which is ongoing for four more days.
As a musician, Huxley said he sometimes feels like a “fish out of water” in Bethesda.
“In LA, you can throw a stick and hit a guitar player,” Huxley said. “It’s not quite the same here... It’s a little more buttoned up.”
But while Bethesda might not have a reputation as a musical town, Huxley—who also teaches guitar—said there’s lots of talent here hiding beneath the surface.
“There’s a lot of kids here ready to rock,” Huxley said. “I would be shocked if there weren’t 10 great bands to come out of Bethesda in the next 10 years.”
To donate to Huxley’s campaign or to donate, visit his fundraising site on Kickstarter.
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