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Parker Millsap On World Cafe

Parker Millsap (center) and bandmates Michael Rose (left) and Daniel Foulks (right) in the <em>World Cafe</em> performance studio.
Parker Millsap (center) and bandmates Michael Rose (left) and Daniel Foulks (right) in the <em>World Cafe</em> performance studio.

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. Hear Millsap and his band perform four songs from the new album live in the World Cafe studio.

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