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Oklahoma's Parker Millsap winning friends in cool places with tuneful character studies

Oklahoma's Parker Millsap winning friends in cool places with tuneful character studies

For an unassuming-looking kid out of tiny Purcell, Okla., population 6,300, singer and songwriter Parker Millsap has attracted some pretty impressive friends in cool places since the 2014 release of his debut album.

Earlier this year, pop superstar and musical tastemaker Elton John dropped Millsap’s name when asked about contemporary musicians he admires, and in March, Millsap scored a slot at Nashville’s venerated Grand Ole Opry on the same night that country queen Loretta Lynn was on stage.

He’s been tapped as an opening act for Americana stalwarts including Patty Griffin, Jason Isbell and Old Crow Medicine Show, among others.

His sophomore album,...

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