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4 Oklahoma music notes, including new music from Parker Millsap, Saugeye, Branjae and Jeremy Studdard

Check out some of the new music out from Oklahoma singers, songwriters and bands: 

Parker Millsap is 'The Real Thing' - and so his new song

"Our version of reality has changed a little bit in the last 10 years," Oklahoma native Parker Millsap muses.

That's an incredible understatement from the acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter in a "behind the song" video for his timely new single "The Real Thing."

The Purcell native reveals on Facebook that he wrote the song in 2018, but it's arguably more relatable than ever in 2021 as we all crave human connection but all too often have to settle for a digital solution in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It’s about missing my wife and being frustrated by technology’s half-kept promise to keep us connected. As you can imagine, it has taken on all kinds of new meaning since March. While I’m grateful for all of this innovation and the ability to communicate across great distances (especially during Covid times), all of it leaves much to be desired in the way of hand-holding, knowing-glance-exchanging, and warm-embracing. Here’s to holding each other up with digital and distanced kindness until we can get back to the real thing," Millsap writes on Facebook.

"The Real Thing" is listed on the latest edition of NPR's "Heavy Rotation: 20 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing," with an eloquent endorsement from KOSU's Ryan LaCroix.

The nifty music video for the folksy, resonant new tune amplifies the message of the lyrics.

"The Real Thing" is the lead-off single from the Nashville, Tennessee based musician's upcoming album, "Be Here Instead," the follow-up to 2018's eclectic and (mostly) electric “Other Arrangements."

"Be Here Instead" is due out April 9, and you can preorder here.

Saugeye [Photo provided]
Saugeye [Photo provided]

Horton Records casts debut album by new Oklahoma band Saugeye

You can now reel in the self-titled debut from new Oklahoma band Saugeye, since it was released Friday on Tulsa-based Horton Records.

Saugeye is the new collaborative project of seasoned Tulsa musicians Jared Tyler (acoustic guitar / dobro / vocals), Seth Lee Jones (electric guitar / slide guitar), Jake Lynn (drums / backing vocals) and Casey Van Beek (bass / backing vocals). 

Listen to Saugeye cast out an homage to a beloved dog on its rootsy ode "Keystone Lillie" in this lyric video by Nathan Barnes. It's the kind of earthy, well-crafted tune you'd expect from Tyler, plus there's lots of cute doggie photos in it.

The band is doing a free livestream album release at the "Delta Echo Club" at 7 p.m. Monday. Here is a link to that event:

Get Saugeye's eponymous first collection at

Branjae brings honest-to-goodness heat with new song 'Free Facts'

Here's a free fact: If Branjae's music was any hotter, she would need to carry a fire extinguisher with her everywhere she went.

With the stellar backing of her band, the Tulsa singer, songwriter, entertainer and activist brings the honest-to-goodness fiery funk with her new single "Free Facts."

Branjae penned the song, which was produced by fellow Tulsan Nathan Wright, and I'm not sure if you'll hear a more timely lyric in 2021 than "only the facts can set us free." A tuneful smackdown of the current-day scourge of willful ignorance, it's an early leader in my personal song of the year list.

Enjoy listening to the song (and check out the sizzling video teaser) here, and you can listen to "Free Facts" here via Spotify. 

Tishomingo's Jeremy Studdard channels '90s country love into debut

If you're a fan of 1990s country, check out Tishomingo's Jeremy Studdard, who released his debut solo album "On My Own" Friday.

Studdard made a name for himself as the lead singer of the Jackson Tillman Band, which he fronted for five years before going solo. Studdard is releasing his debut album “On My Own” today (Jan. 29) produced by Casey Wood and recorded at the Insanery in Nashville.

Influenced by “the best of '90s country” — George Strait, Keith Whitley, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr., to name a few — Studdard considers himself a staunch advocate for “real” country, the kind with actual fiddle, no synthesized beats and honest, relatable stories. He's got the voice for it.

Studdard is performing a Facebook Live show Thursday via Texas Home Grown Radio and will perform Friday at Bubba's Brewhouse in Durant with Kaitlyn Kilian.

You can peruse his 2020  debut singles - “Your Heart or Mine,” “Barely Breathing” and “Whiskey Rain” - here and check out more of his music at

Features Writer Brandy "BAM" McDonnell covers Oklahoma's arts, entertainment and cultural sectors for The Oklahoman and Reach her at, and Please support work by her and her colleagues by subscribing at 


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Brandy McDonnell

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