Originally from Oklahoma, Parker Millsap has very quickly made a name for himself among the best players and songwriters in his new home of Nashville. He joined us for a remote session to share songs from his new album called Be Here Instead.
This week, we feature a conversation with one of the rising stars in our current roots music renaissance: a gifted Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter who grew up in the Pentecostal church and creates a fiery gospel backdrop behind his tender then window-rattling rock-n-roll voice: Parker Millsap.When you’ve been touring hundreds of days a year down southern backroads from Tulsa to Tallahassee since you were a teenager like Parker has, you know a thing or two about how to keep your head when things go off the rails. But it was the forced year-long break during the pandemic that really made him stop and accept how far he’s come from his intense, anxious, folky debut Palisade in 2012 (he released it when he was 19), to his soulful self-assured new record Be Here Instead. What’s clear is we see a relentlessly hard-working performer who no longer has to chase the next gig for gas money, or has to worry if the world will accept his work. Holed up outside of Nashville with his wife, Millsap let the songs do the talking.
Out of the Box Album of the Week with Paul Shugrue
His new album “Be Here Instead” is a bold step forward instrumentally, maintaining his folkie style but experimenting with electronic effects that bring about a change in his approach to his already well proven talent for songwriting.
In this episode, singer-songwriter Parker Millsap joins Rhett from his home in Tennessee to talk about his new album Be Here Instead, what he’s been listening to for inspiration, and discusses his latest single, “Vulnerable”. The two geek out over how to play a major 2 chord, and Parker explains his process for writing through creative obstacles.Parker Millsap is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays a blend of blues, country, rock, Americana, and folk music. Named one of Americana Music Association's 2014 Emerging Artists of the Year after the release of his eponymous album, Millsap garnered attention with his song "Truck Stop Gospel". His musical style has drawn comparisons to early Elvis Presley. In addition to singing, he plays guitar, harmonica and banjo. His latest album Be Here Instead drops on April 9.Upcoming episodes of Wheels Off include artist Ashley Longshore, musician David Wax, composer/playwright Masi Asare, author Lily Brooks-Dalton, and more.Wheels Off is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted by Rhett Miller. Produced by Rhett Miller, Kirsten Cluthe, and Nick Ruffini. Editing by Justin Thomas (Revoice Media). Music by OLD 97's Episode artwork by Katherine Boils. Show logo by Tim Skirven.This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you like this podcast, please leave us a rating or review on iTunes.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Parker Millsap - The Very Last Day - Passing Notes Podcast
Passing Notes episode 2, this week was Cael's pick with the album 'The Very Last Day' by Parker Millsap. Our podcast is meant to give you something to listen to once, twice, or throughout your week if you are bored listening to your own music, each week one of us or even a guest will give us an album to listen to throughout the week, and at the end we come together to share our thoughts and opinions from our various perspectives! Check us out on YouTube and leave a comment to be mentioned in the next podcast! Enjoy the podcast and thank you for listening!
From 2016: Hayes Carll, Darrell Scott, Parker Millsap, Brennen Leigh and Carrie Rodriguez
NPR's Mountain Stage
This 2016 episode features a set from Hayes Carll, plus sets from Darrell Scott, Parker Millsap, Brennen Leigh and Carrie Rodriguez. Support provided by Digital Relativity. https://digitalrelativity.com/
Oklahoma native Parker Millsap visited the studio and performed a captivating solo set with just an acoustic guitar. Afterwards, he sat down for an interview where he discusses the influence that the blues had on him, playing music in a pentecostal church, and his songwriting process. Recorded April 2019See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Singer/songwriter Parker Millsap drops by Walking The Floor World Headquarters to discuss the joys of life in not-quite suburban Oklahoma, practicing fingerstyle on your high school binder, and of course, S.E. Hinton!!