10 Songs, 37 Minutes

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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