With a raspy soulful voice and a delta blues finger-picking style, Southeast Oklahoma native Levi Parham conjures the image of a hard traveled bluesman. There’s no denying Parham’s clear southern roots, his songwriting steeped in delta blues, country, folk, soul and gospel; his formative years spent absorbing vinyl trunks full of Muddy Waters, The Band, Van Morrison, Woody Guthrie and Townes Van Zandt.
Parham’s debut album An Okie Opera was released in May 2013, catching the attention of Currentland Magazine, which named it one of the top Red Dirt Albums of the year alongside Samantha Crain, The Red Dirt Rangers, and Jason Boland, as well as garnering accolades from Flagstaff Live Magazine. The release earned Parham – who has shared stages with Blues Traveler, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Junior Brown – a spot at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
Parham’s forthcoming six-song EP Avalon Drive, out on CD, vinyl and digital formats on December 9, was produced by Nathan James Dohse, mixed by Nicholas Frampton (of Field Division, The River Monks, Pageant) and mastered by Brooks Edwards at Peachtree Studio in Nashville, TN, and features backing vocals and fiddle by Megan Palmer.
Today Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing a stream of the EP. Enjoy it here: