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Interview:
Parker Millsap at the Magic Bag, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Four albums in, Oklahoma's Parker Millsap is becoming more and more entrenched in the music community.



The rootsy, frequently spiritual guitar slinger has been nominated for an Americana Album of the Year and played at a variety of festivals -- including the Apple Music Festival in London, where he joined Elton John and his band.



Millsap released his fourth and latest album, "Other Arrangements," in 2018 to great critical acclaim. It finds him pursuing a wealth of different directions, including getting back into the electric music after his predecessors pursued a more acoustic path...



Millsap acknowledges by phone that let himself "go down musical rabbit holes" a little more on "Other Arrangements," a marked difference from his three previous, spiritually focused releases. "I think on this one I didn't have a done of expectations going in. I feel like all the other previous records I had something in mind and I shot for it and they inevitably ended up being something else and I kinda got my heart broken. So for this one I was more concerned with the process, having a good time and writing songs I would want to play live in front of people rather than trying to craft something with specific goals from the outset."



Millsap also opened himself up to song co-writing on "Other Arrangements," and he grudgingly notes that writing with someone else "felt great...I've been doing some more of it, and so far it's been hit or miss. It's different every time. A whole industry has developed around people getting together and writing songs. It's like you have to make friends and then get into it, and I'm OK at making friends but not amazing at it. But people here (in Nashville) do co-writes all the time, so when I moved here I figured, 'Let's give it a shot.' I'm open to it, but it's not what my mind is focused on most of the time."



Elton John became a fan after Rosanne Cash turned him on to Millsap's self-titled sophomore album in 2014. John subsequently invited Millsap to perform with him and his band at the Apple Music Festival in London, and even a few years later Millsap says the experience is "surreal. The first couple of times he called I denied it; I thought, 'This is a weird number. This has got to be spam,' so I denied the call. And then I was on my buddy's farm that same day and my manager called me and said, 'Do you have service? Elton's gonna call you later today. Be somewhere where you have service!' -- and I was in the middle of Tennessee. We were on our way to Home Depot to get some equipment to build something on the farm and the truck broke down on the side of the road, and then Elton magically calls. it was kind of a weird day."



Parker Millsap and Jack Klatt perform Friday, Aug. 9, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 8 p.m. $10. 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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