Friday Five: Oklahoma’s Rising Stars
These days it seems as though Oklahoma’s chief export is Americana singer-songwriters. Here are a few of our favorite rising stars from the Sooner State.
5. John Moreland
If you haven’t heard John Moreland’s name before, you might have heard his music on Sons of Anarchy (with his beard and tattoos, Moreland could easily be mistaken for one of the show’s bikers). His In the Throes album, released last summer, was an under-the-radar gem full of starkly beautiful alt-country.
4. JD McPherson
McPherson’s scorching, retro rock and roll was catapulted onto the national scene when Rounder Records re-released his damn good Signs and Signifiers record. McPherson’s music is best experienced at one of his sweat-drenched live shows; if he plays your town, make attendance a priority.
3. Carter Sampson
With deeply personal lyrics and a bell-clear voice, Sampson is reminiscent of a young Lori McKenna. Her last record, Mockingbird Sing, was released nearly three years ago; let’s hope this means a new album is currently in the works.
2. Parker Millsap
Millsap’s self-titled debut, which was released earlier this year, is stunning, full of vivid, well-realized characters straight out of a Southern Gothic short story collection and the occasional banjo string garrote. At only 21, Millsap has a bright, long future in front of him. It’ll be exciting to watch him continue to progress.
1. John Fullbright
Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to catch this spellbinding singer-songwriter in several tiny clubs, but there’s a good chance he won’t be playing those clubs much longer, especially once folks get their ears on his fantastic sophomore record, Songs (out late next month). Here’s a cut from the new album:
- mrsandy: Also worth noting: Priscilla Mitchell was Jerry Reed's widow.
- Leeann Ward: Wow! My heart goes out to Allison Moorer. She's had so many terrible things happen in her life. It's too …
- Leeann Ward: I must have this audio book!
- Juli Thanki: Ha! Same thing happened at Sturgill Simpson's show I went to last month, only he was singing "I Never Go …
- Dave D.: On the topic of Lee Ann and dark songs, the funniest moment at this year's Americana Fest was during her …
- Jonathan Pappalardo: I love Lori McKenna. Coming from Massachusetts, she's our local girl. I've been fortunate to see her in concert a …
- bll: I suss her re-recording her hits for 'Gwendolen records' means she can stop MCA from releasing her hits against her.
- Greg Judy: Cooler festivals and marching bands at the football games!
- kevin ilinger: Fall colors bluegrass and apple cider
- luckyoldsun: If I was a "long-time fan" of Trisha, I'd probably spring for the CD.