I have been looking for to seeing Parker Millsap for some time after contriving to miss his earlier trips to the UK and I was glad to see he was over with a full band shoehorning this date with his appearance at the Green Man festival. With no particular album to promote, his last the excellent ‘The Very Last Day’ came out last year, the set picks tracks from across his repertoire although that said most of The VEry Last day was played.
Millsap is a young storyteller singer from a small town in Oklahoma and he looks and sounds like a young Jason Isbell and I can’t give higher praise than that. But more than that he has a hint of Jack White in his attitude and guitar with a dash of Paolo Nutini in his vocals. Put it all together and he has a unique talent that should definitely be heard by a wider audience.
The songs blend, country, pop, Americana (whatever that is) and blues. The band tonight are on form with special props to the fiddle player duelling throughout with Millsap’s guitar.
Difficult to pick a highlight from an exceptional 90 minutes but ‘Hades Pleads’ is a kick ass stomper and ‘I hope I die’ brings the mood down perfectly which gives the evening a great light and shade.
A top night with a talented young star for the future who perfectly combines, great songs, great licks and a uniquely special voice.