Note the many truck stop chapels and the ministries devoted to reaching drivers, and it’s obvious that trucking’s long had ties to Christianity. A fine new album by a young Oklahoman raised in the Pentecostal church doesn’t explore trucking so much as it does religion, though one blazing cut illuminates the intersection of both.
The self-titled Parker Millsap album “unpacks the complex symbiosis between faith, fear, desperation and repentance,” writes reviewer Kim Ruehl, whose excerpt appears on the National Public Radio website. “In ‘Truck Stop Gospel,’ his narration is so astute it’s impossible to tell what side he’s on — not that it matters.”
Consider this verse:
“Parking lot lady wants me to let her climb in
It’s ‘my kind of truck,’ the kind she could ‘have a good time in’
She jumped up, but before she could even chime in
Well, I was speaking in the Holy Spirit
Cast that demon out, I could hear it
The Soundcheck podcast site writes that considering he’s only 21, “Parker Millsap’s voice has a remarkable whiskey-tinged world-weariness of songwriters decades his senior.” I’d add that his clean-cut, boyish face likewise belies his growling, energetic delivery.
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How about any driver-musicians out there who can bring their own road-worn experience to a performance?
Overdrive is considering a driver music contest and we’re looking to hear from aspiring singers. Let us know if you’d be interested in competing. And if you’ve got an audio or video clip, or link to one, send it: firstname.lastname@example.org