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N-town Q/A

June 14, 2013

Q&A: Parker Millsap talks music, inspiration

NORMAN — Music has always been a part of Parker Millsap’s life. And for this 20-year-old Purcell native, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

With original songwriting and a voice that can be described as earthy and raw, this Americana rising star is making a name for himself in the local music scene.

Millsap recently returned from a tour with John Fullbright, fellow Oklahoma Americana musician recently nominated for a Grammy. Upcoming gigs include his weekly free show at The Deli, 309 White St., 7 p.m. Tuesdays, as well as his free-admission performances during the Summer Breeze Concert Series 7:30 p.m. June 16 at Lions Park, 450 S. Flood Ave., and Jazz in June 7 p.m. June 20 at Brookhaven Village, 3700 W. Robinson St.

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Q: What inspires your work?

A: It depends. I write songs in batches, it seems like. There will be this batch of songs that has a theme and then another batch of songs that has a different theme. For “Palisade,” the record that we put out almost a year ago — a lot of guilt.

Growing up around here it’s a pretty common thing to grow up in a conservative house, deal with lots of, “No, don’t do that,” and stuff like that. That fueled a lot of songwriting for a while. My parents were the types of parents that weren’t always on my back and the people at my church weren’t that way either. I was just a guilty kid. I just felt guilty. I am a pretty driven person and I have pretty high expectations for myself. When you have really high expectations for yourself and a really rigid set of rules that are kind of unrealistic, it doesn’t always necessarily mix very well.

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