Parker Millsap

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Oklahoma Americana musician Parker Millsap and indie rockers Band of Horses are featured on a new episode of "Austin City Limits."

Ryan LaCroix, host of KOSU's All Things Considered and co-host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 10 favorite Oklahoma albums of 2016:

10. Carter Sampson - Wilder Side

Oklahoma Rock Show's Top 25 Songs of 2016

Dec 21, 2016
Mark Elliott

Last week, we counted down the top 25 Oklahoma songs of 2016. In total, we played 398 new songs on The Oklahoma Rock Show in 2016, so our final list was extremely competitive.

Check out our picks below.

25. LTZ ft. Cookie Turner - "Hit Me On My RAZR"

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.

Last night, Parker Millsap made his national television debut on Conan.

The Purcell native released his third studio album, The Very Last Day, in March. The album has been nominated for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

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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.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt reflects on the passing of Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, and plays new music from Oklahoma musician Parker Millsap and Los Angeles house duo Classixx.

Parker Millsap has a voice that grabs you and doesn't let go. The musician is just 23, from a small town in Oklahoma — but the songs on his newest album, The Very Last Day, draw on older influences, including Greek mythology, vintage blues and his own Pentecostal upbringing.

Millsap spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about learning how to sing without being self-conscious, as well as channeling a childhood fear of the biblical rapture into his work. Hear the radio version at the audio link and read an edited version of their conversation below.

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"It's not the end of the world" is a thing people say to place inconveniences in perspective, a reminder that a rush-hour fender bender doesn't belong to the same category of catastrophe as nuclear or biblical apocalypse.

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