Oklahoma music

Parker Millsap On Mountain Stage

Aug 31, 2016
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Oklahoma native Parker Millsap returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The singer-songwriter was brought up in the Pentecostal church, an experience that provided ample inspiration for his early catalog of songs. Influenced by Steinbeck's dust-bowl narratives, Millsap's religion-laced parables, character-driven stories and relationship tales are performed with the power and conviction of the preachers he witnessed growing up. During a trip to Nashville a few years ago,...

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Parker Millsap grew up in the small town of Purcell, Okla., where he began singing in the Pentecostal church his parents attended. In 2014, he released his self-titled debut, which was full of songs and characters from his youth and earned him an Americana Emerging Artist of the Year nomination. Millsap's follow-up album, this year's The Very Last Day , displays a lot of growth. It lays bare the influence of the blues on his songwriting — an influence he says he had to discover on his own....

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