When: Thu., April 30, 8:30 p.m. 2015
A 22-year-old Okie with a staunch Elvis chin, Parker Millsap is a young man fully read up in the spirit of old country. His voice has the grainy texture and explosiveness of saltpeter, wielding it like an expert drunk holds a knife in a bar fight. “Quite Contrary” is Millsap’s most perfect song to date. Inspired by the violence of fables that gets filtered out over the years, the tune is packed with quick-witted turns of the blade. “Hey diddle diddle, the cat’s on the moon and the folks got a lighter underneath the spoon,” sings Millsap, oozing emotion and wit. As versed as he is in the gutter life, Millsap can do the cleaned-up thing, too. On “Truck Stop Gospel,” a rockabilly fiction of a travelling preacher, Millsap hits in the ballpark of radio country without losing any of his individuality.