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OKC rapper Dallas Parker wins Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest

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Rapper Dallas Parker, a student at ACM@UCO who performs under the name Faux Draco, won the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest with his song "Abilities." [Photo provided]
Rapper Dallas Parker, a student at ACM@UCO who performs under the name Faux Draco, won the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest with his song "Abilities." [Photo provided]

STILLWATER - An Oklahoma City rapper has been named the winner of the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest. 

Dallas Parker, a student at ACM@UCO who performs under the name Faux Draco, won the contest with his song "Abilities." To hear some of his music, go to soundcloud.com/user-708644836.

As previously reported, Parker was among four finalists - the other songs were “Angels Lullaby” by Ashliann Rivera, “Breathless” by Chloe-Beth Campbell and “Hollyhocks and Morning Glories” by Scott Aycock - selected from 74 entries in this year's contest.

The finalists played their songs before a live audience at a free event hosted by the Red Dirt Rangers Tuesday night at Iron Monk Brewing in Stillwater. Campbell won the People's Choice Award and a $100 prize.

Chloe-Beth Campbell received the People's Choice Award at the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest. [Photo provided]
Chloe-Beth Campbell received the People's Choice Award at the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest. [Photo provided]

As the songwriting contest winner, Parker earned a spot in the lineup at the Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café songwriters festival tonight in Stillwater, a $500 cash prize, plus a $500 donation made in his name to the nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund. 

As previously reported, more than 60 Oklahoma songwriters, including returning favorites like Stoney LaRue, John Fullbright, Kaitlin Butts, Red Dirt Rangers, Mike McClure and Carter Sampson, perform from 4 to 11:45 p.m. today at the eighth Bob Childers’ Gypsy Cafe songwriters festival at Eskimo Joe’s, Stonewall Tavern and George’s Stables in Stillwater.

The festival features groups of three or four songwriters performing 45-minute acoustic sets staggered across three Stillwater venues: Eskimo Joe’s, George’s Stables and the Stonewall Tavern. Along with swapping stories and songs, the performers will play at least one Childers tune.

The event is the flagship fundraiser for the nonprofit Red Dirt Relief Fund, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for Oklahomans in the music business in times of need.

A popular OKC musician and an instructor at the ACM@UCO, Mike Hosty not only will host the Eskimo Joe's main stage - which has been moved inside due to the threat of inclement weather - but he also will performer with Parker and McAlester singer-songwriter Levi Parham at 7:20 tonight during the festival. 

The contest was created and underwritten by old friends honoring LaFave, with cooperation of the Jimmy LaFave Trust, in the way he most wanted to be remembered—for songwriting. The Oklahoma-Texas red dirt pioneer died in 2017. 

John Cooper, a member of the Red Dirt Rangers, a board member of the Red Dirt Relief Fund and one of the Gypsy Cafe's organizers, said he thinks a rapper fits right in at the event, which is open to Oklahoma songwriters of all genres. 

“That’s been the beauty of red dirt since Day 1: Nobody can tell you what it is. That hip-hop song in the contest this year, that’s an original song and it should be here. I think it speaks to the genre very well that we are open. We’re not a closed genre. Whatever you say it is or however you want to do it, you can be red dirt,” Cooper said in a recent interview. “They are practicing the craft of songwriting and the art of songwriting, which to me is kind of what it’s all about.”

For more information on the Gypsy Cafe, go to www.reddirtrelieffund.org.

-BAM 


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Rapper Dallas Parker, a student at ACM@UCO who performs under the name Faux Draco, won the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest with his song "Abilities." [Photo provided]

Rapper Dallas Parker, a student at ACM@UCO who performs under the name Faux Draco, won the second annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest with his song "Abilities." [Photo provided]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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