It’s been just over a year since we first heard Parker Millsap’s third album, Other Arrangements, a record that put the Oklahoman musician’s rock ‘n’ roll bent on full display. Now the Americana troubadour is back with his first new music since then, a bluesy cover of Sly and The Family Stone’s poppy plea for social equality, “Everyday People,” recorded for Amazon Music. We’ve got the exclusive first look at the song’s heartwarming accompanying video, which you can watch below.
The video stars Millsap alongside a certain canine, Arlo the dog, who gives his owner quite a scare. Millsap plays a bored businessman who returns from work only to find Arlo missing, at which time he must accept the help of kind strangers to bring him home. We won’t spoil any further details, but there’s certainly a satisfying ending.
Millsap’s cover of the 1968 hit is little grittier and louder but maintains the track’s groovy mid-tempo sway.
“I think musically the idea was to do it sort of like The Rolling Stones might do it,” Millsap said. “Telecaster. Tweed amp. Bongos. We recorded this in Norman, OK at Blackwatch Studios with Jarod Evans at the console. Jarod is really easy to work with and we got great sounds quickly. I really love the vibe at Blackwatch. Amazon has been great to work with. They even let me make a video for this song!”
He said he knew from the beginning he wanted to cover Sly and the Family Stone, but was unsure which song to choose. The timeless “Everyday People” won in the end:
When Amazon approached me to do the Originals series, I knew I wanted to do a Sly and the Family Stone song. I tried a few different ones including “In Time” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” but “Everyday People” felt the most natural to me. I like that the lyrics take a sort of birds eye view of tense situations but don’t necessarily cast judgement on either party. Also the “so on and so on a shooby doobie doobie” lyrics makes me think of Kurt Vonnegut’s phrase “so it goes.”
Again you can watch the “Everyday People” video below, and then listen to the song on Amazon Music. Keep scrolling for the single art.
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