22-year old Oklahoman Parker Millsap made his first Savannah appearance on Saturday night at Revival Fest. Millsap’s songs sprawl are unfailingly smart and well-constructed, but their emotional range is what I find most astonishing — from wry to touching, from exultant to perverse.
Millsap’s brilliant self-titled album came out in early 2014, so I’m especially curious to see what’s coming next. He and his excellent ensemble (Michael Rose on bass and Daniel Foulks on fiddle) have been on the road a lot — I was lucky to see them at Forecastle in Louisville in July — so one can imagine that his new work will feed somehow off the varied experiences of the road.
In addition to the brilliant songwriting, Millsap has a powerful, occasionally gravelly voice and has a charismatic, passionate stage presence.
I took some photos. More after the jump: