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Parker Millsap: A Soulful, Whiskey-Tinged Voice

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Parker Millsap performs in the Soundcheck studio. Parker Millsap performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

Considering he's still too young to drink legally, Parker Millsap's voice has a remarkable whiskey-tinged world-weariness of songwriters decades his senior. Yet the Oklahoma-bred musician seems to come to his soulful, yet gravelly croon honestly: he grew up in in a small town Pentecostal household and is part of that region's so-called Red Dirt music movement which blends classic folk, country and gospel traditions.

And with his self-titled new album, Millsap taps his background for vivid stories that touch upon religion, soul-searching, and wrestling with his self-confessed sins. And with spare adornment of acoustic guitars, fiddle, and pedal steel, Millsap lets his words breathe and linger and ultimately carry an extra weight. It's a raw and honest album from promising new voice.


Set List:

  • "Disappear"
  • "Truck Stop Gospel"
  • "Forgive Me"


Parker Millsap

Comments [2]

Mike from NYC, NY

Saw this dude open for Lake Street Dive in November and he blew the entire crowd away. Everyone was hooked from the very 1st note. No exaggeration.

Jan. 22 2015 01:52 PM
Mindy from Denver, CO

Amazing artist! I've seen him live a couple times and just can't get enough!

Feb. 28 2014 02:11 AM

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