The Depot’s Summer Breeze Concert Series continues August 4, 2019, with a re-scheduled Levi Parham concert. (The concert, originally scheduled June 16, was postponed due to inclement weather.) Bring seating and refreshments to Lions Park, Flood and Symmes, for the free concert which begins at 7:30 pm.
Levi Parham's music draws on the rich songwriting traditions of Oklahoma, his home state. With influences from the worlds of blues, folk, soul, rock and country music. It's Parham's "soulful, gritty and tender voice,” says The Boot, that brings it all together into a sound that CMT described as "enticing" with "a melancholy feel."
In June 2016, Parham released an album titled These American Blues that reached #25 on the AMA charts, and was #1 in the EuroAmericana Charts for 2016. No Depression called it "a must have in any music aficionado’s collection" while Elmore Magazine called it "a remarkable feat of musicianship". The album marked Parham’s third release, following up his 2014 EP Avalon Drive and his 2013 debut An Okie Opera.
Adding audio mixologist to his credentials of a man of words and music, Levi Parham combines the groove of his home in Tulsa with the Rhythm and Blues of the Mississippi Delta on his recent release, It’s All Good. Levi called out for a road trip and was joined by top shelf Tulsa players on his journey to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record It’s All Good at Portside Sound.
“I’ve always been a big admirer of the music that’s been made in Muscle Shoals, from Aretha Franklin to The Allman Brothers, so I got this idea to bring the 'Tulsa Sound' and mix it with the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and see what happens” says Parham.
What happened gets two thumbs up in the album title of It’s All Good as the album rides a rhythm into the rough country of OK, tenderly picks out notes to wrap around sadness, sends a groove-filled postcard from a Euro tour, and puffs out its chest, strutting with rock’n’roll confidence. The songwriting traditions of the Southwest, particularly Levi’s native Oklahoma, are on full display in It’s All Good.
Levi was featured in a music series called Play It Loud, and his episode was just nominated for a Heartland Emmy. He is taking much of this year off, while writing and recording a new record to release in 2020.
Free Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, with in-kind support from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Norman Smile Center is a Summer Breeze Sponsor. Contributors include: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; The Mont; Hugh and Keri Young; Peggy Doviak, DM Wealth Management; Hitachi; Republic Bank of Norman; Edward Jones Investments; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; Bob Schlegel; Bluebonnet Bar; and The Montford Inn. Friends include: Laurel Group, LLC; The Baked Bear; The Winston; Frank and Suzy Lawrence; and Monty Kapunkle. Becca Hewes, Yogalife, is a Neighbor.