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EDITORS’ NOTES

At just 20 years old, Parker Millsap of Purcell, Okla.—population 5,952—has likely made more fans than his hometown has people. His natural, unadorned style makes it easy to connect with these well-written tunes. A single fingerpicked guitar and voice for most of “The Villain” forces listeners to focus on the grim but heartwrenching story being told. Credit producer Wes Sharon (John Fulbright/Turnpike Troubadours), who captured Millsap at his best at his 115 Studios in Norman, Okla. The killer in “Old Time Religion” brings Millsap’s voice to the breaking point; when pushed, he sounds like another once-young formidable singer/songwriter, Steve Forbert. Millsap sees people looking to leave a small town (“Disappear”), and others who hope a lottery ticket will change their luck for good (“Yosemite”). It’s all done so well and with such heart that it’s impossible to imagine Millsap will stay lesser-known for long. This second album has enough musical and lyrical magic to expand Millsap’s audience to the population of towns 100 times the size of Purcell.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At just 20 years old, Parker Millsap of Purcell, Okla.—population 5,952—has likely made more fans than his hometown has people. His natural, unadorned style makes it easy to connect with these well-written tunes. A single fingerpicked guitar and voice for most of “The Villain” forces listeners to focus on the grim but heartwrenching story being told. Credit producer Wes Sharon (John Fulbright/Turnpike Troubadours), who captured Millsap at his best at his 115 Studios in Norman, Okla. The killer in “Old Time Religion” brings Millsap’s voice to the breaking point; when pushed, he sounds like another once-young formidable singer/songwriter, Steve Forbert. Millsap sees people looking to leave a small town (“Disappear”), and others who hope a lottery ticket will change their luck for good (“Yosemite”). It’s all done so well and with such heart that it’s impossible to imagine Millsap will stay lesser-known for long. This second album has enough musical and lyrical magic to expand Millsap’s audience to the population of towns 100 times the size of Purcell.

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About Parker Millsap

Hailing from the small town of Purcell, Oklahoma, singer/songwriter Parker Millsap brings a maverick intensity to his brand of Americana. The youth alternately spent time singing hymns at his local Pentecostal church and saturating himself in old blues albums, which influenced his unique style along with folk, country, and vintage, Elvis-flavored rock & roll. While still in his late teens, Millsap recorded his mostly acoustic debut, Palisade, with childhood friend Michael Rose accompanying him on double bass. Two years later in 2014, his self-titled second LP introduced his signature sound, bringing him national acclaim and leading to support slots with heavy-hitting roots acts like Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Lake Street Dive. His fiery Southern gothic songcraft was further developed on his third record, The Very Last Day, which arrived in early 2016. The following year saw the release of the Third Man Records-issued Luck Mansion Sessions, a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning folk artist Sarah Jarosz. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Purcell, Oklahoma

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