Grace Morrison to perform homecoming concert at Parkwood Beach
Grace Morrison grew up in the Parkwood Beach neighborhood — the third generation in her family to do so.
Now, she’s coming home on Aug. 6 to perform a concert celebrating the release of her new album at the Parkwood Clubhouse.
“Daughter,” a 12-song album, is Morrison’s fourth. Recorded entirely during the pandemic, the album features collaborations with Lloyd Maines (a country legend and father of The Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines) and Grammy-winning songwriter Lori McKenna. The album will be released on Aug. 20.
Morrison, who thought of herself as “the little girl from Parkwood” when she was a child, saw her father lose his home to the bank as a young adult.
For years, she said, she’s dreamed about getting one of those homes back or otherwise vindicating that history.
“The whole theme is about stepping into your power and becoming yourself unapologetically,” Morrison said.
The title track of the album is about growing up, Morrison said. When she sings it, she imagines herself in Parkwood.
She recorded a music video for the song partially on Parkwood Beach. While filming, she said, she spotted a man who saved her from the monkey bars when she was a little kid, about three years old.
“I started crying and I couldn’t stop,” Morrison said.
She talked to the man, and he remembered her from all those years earlier.
“It sounds cheesy, but it felt like coming home,” Morrison said.
She said the neighborhood still feels like it did when she was a kid.
“I want to celebrate Parkwood because it’s more than a house — it’s the community there,” Morrison said.
Morrison started reconnecting with people from the neighborhood over Facebook, including Suzanne Burke, who helped organize the concert.
“It’s a cool way to bring it full circle because I wrote the song imagining myself there,” Morrison said.
She added that the song talks about a bike ride — which the neighbors will be able to imagine just as she meant it.
Morrison, who now lives in Rochester, said that she still considers Wareham home.
“My hope is to see a lot of faces from growing up,” Morrison said. “Anybody from town is welcome to come… I love Wareham.”
The concert will be held on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Parkwood Clubhouse, 23 Datewood St. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Concert goers can bring their own chairs, refreshments or blankets.
For more information, call 508-341-8777 or go to www.gracemorrison.com, where the album is available for pre-order.