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Parker Millsap Staff Pick

When: Thu., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $13
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Since leaving the Pentacostal church he was raised in while growing up in the small town of Purcell, Okla., raspy-voiced troubadour Parker Millsap doesn't denounce or praise his religion in his music. Instead, he explores the often-complicated relationship people have with faith and God through objective character studies, as heard on his twangy, folksy self-titled debut album, released in February. For example, in chicken-fried country-rocker "Truck Stop Gospel," an evangelical trucker drives with a crucifix hanging from his rearview mirror and casts a demon out of a prostitute. But not all the tales are tall; in the minimal "Forgive Me," Millsap croons sincerely, "Please forgive me for the sinner I am," with a voice that has more emotion and battle-weary depth than his 21 years might suggest. John Fullbright and Elephant Revival will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker)
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