Monday I downloaded several songs from Amazon’s most recent “Artists to Watch” newsletter. As I was finally listening to some them yesterday, I came upon a song called “Truck Stop Gospel” by Parker Millsap.
I really liked the song, and loved the gravelly aspect of his voice. Naturally, I Googled him. I need to know more about him. Come to find out, he’s a fellow Okie, hailing from Purcell. I always get a little extra excited when I discover new Oklahoma music. Regardless of where they are actually from in our little state, it always feels like I’m supporting a “local.” And there is sense of pride that goes along with it. Oklahoma has a rich musical history, but I’m getting off the subject. Back to the matter at hand!
I was surprised to read that Parker is only 20 years old (which kind of makes me feel old). I never would have guessed him to be so young. His voice belies his age. I went over to Spotify & pulled up his debut, self-titled album for a listen. Parker grew up Pentecostal, which obviously influences his music. As he said in an interview, “In the Pentecostal church, the music is from the gut; even the ballads. “Turn your large hymnal to number 305 and let your heart bleed while we sing ‘The Old Rugged Cross.'” The guttural influence is especially obvious to me, and it lends such honestly & feeling to his songs, giving many of them a blues vibe that I love.
This last song, “Homeless,” doesn’t appear on his album. But it may be favorite one.