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FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019
At 25 years of age, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. He’s had a string of highlights in recent years including his network television debut on CONAN, a performance with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival in London, an Austin City Limits taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year. He has also received praise from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, LA Times, Austin Chronicle and Rolling Stone to name a few.
He first picked up an acoustic guitar at nine, then plugged in and went electric after getting into Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, eventually starting a cover band with classmate, Michael Rose who still plays bass with him today. Over the years he recruited musicians Daniel Foulks (fiddle) and Andrew Bones (Drums) to join his band.
Parker’s first three full-length releases – 2012’s Palisade, 2014’s self titled LP, and 2016’s The Very Last Day – showcased a primal mastery of acoustic folk rock, with their flourish for revelation and fiery dynamics, all recorded with extreme precision, purpose and efficiency.
Parker’s newest album, Other Arrangements, (released 5/4/18 via Thirty Tigers) finds him taking bold steps in new directions. Associated press says "Parker Millsap rocks harder than ever on his fourth album." And Rolling Stone calls Other Arrangements Parker's "tightest, sharpest and most infectious set of songs to date."
Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Parker to Music Makes Us in order to purchase 30 soprano ukuleles for the music students at Thomas A. Edison Elementary. Ms. Marie Morris serves as one of two music teachers at the school and has requested the instruments so that her upper elementary students can experience the joy of playing string instruments. Thomas Edison is a Title I school with a very diverse student population that speaks 21 languages..
Quote from Parker
I chose Music Makes Us because I believe every child deserves access to music education. If I was unable to take music classes in school, I wouldn’t have been given access to many of the skills necessary to become a working musician. Aside from learning how to play an instrument, I learned how to be a team player, what makes a good leader, and the joy of sharing live (loud) music with the people around you.
Quote from Jeff Smith, Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Metro Nashville Public Schools
We deeply appreciate the support of the Newport Festivals Foundation and Parker Millsap in providing 30 ukuleles for music students at Thomas A. Edison Elementary. This investment will support the work of Music Makes Us and Metro Nashville Public Schools in providing equitable access to music learning opportunities that demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning.