Levi Parham

Folk Singer/Songwriter from Oklahoma

Death’s Tenant

  He fostered an obsession with her bijou bones, which laid out like gems in a tomb clearly cursed and owned by death. He too longed to be death’s tenant, having broken through that stone sarcophagus with the sun beaming in around his shoulders, only to be blinded by her gleam and to choke on the wretched air surrounding her. 

Townes Van Zandt had to be the saddest songwriter of all time. So much pain and truth in his lyrics. This one sticks with me.

Townes Van Zandt had to be the saddest songwriter of all time. So much pain and truth in his lyrics. This one sticks with me.

Care to dance? First time in the Masonic Temple in McAlester. Just signed up for a talent contest next week. Wish me luck. Hopefully some 9 year old kid doesn’t kick my ass.

Care to dance? First time in the Masonic Temple in McAlester. Just signed up for a talent contest next week. Wish me luck. Hopefully some 9 year old kid doesn’t kick my ass.

A little over halfway through the year and this guy is already getting full. Another homespun album in the works? I think so!

A little over halfway through the year and this guy is already getting full. Another homespun album in the works? I think so!

Only a few broken strings

Give Levi Parham one listen and you’ll feel right at home regardless of where you find yourself. For the past 10 years the Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter has fashioned an impressive style and sound that hinges on the spirits of musical greats like Muddy Waters, Skip James and Townes Van Zandt. On his newest album, An Okie Opera, Parham fully harnesses those old-school Delta blues, folk-soul and alt-country sounds, pairing them with his skillful guitar playing and soulful voice to offer up a complete and thought-out laid back, down-home vibe from song one to the last. It’s also worth mentioning he recorded the entire album himself in his tiny home studio over the course of six months, playing ever single instrument recorded. One spin through and we must say, he’s definitely worth checking out.

- FlagLive.com