Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap has accumulated quite a following with his vivid storytelling and gospel-tinged inspiration. Millsap released his debut album earlier this month after a supporting spot on tour last year with John Fulbright and, more recently, ringing in the New Year with Old Crow Medicine Show. His small-town upbringing and Pentecostal background often weave their way into his songwriting, and no song is a better example than “Truck Stop Gospel.”
“In the Midwest, every once in a while you’ll come across a truck stop church,” explains Millsap. “They take an 18-wheeler trailer and put some stairs up to the door and throw some chairs in there and make a little sanctuary out of it. A preacher shows up on Sundays and preaches in it so the truckers can have church when they’re on the road. I like to think that this guy got inspired at one of those sermons and decided to take up evangelism.”
Check out this video of Millsap performing “Truck Stop Gospel” at Blackwatch Studios in the player below. Millsap’s debut self-titled album was released on Feb. 4 via Okrahoma Records and is available now.