Acclaimed singer-songwriter Parker Millsap has started a new tour in support of his latest critically acclaimed album, Be Here Instead. Millsap will arrive in New York for a show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, October 9, and Lark Hall in Albany on Sunday, October 10.
Millsap’s fifth studio LP and first new album in close to three years, Be Here Instead marks a stylistic shift from the gritty and high-energy folk of the Oklahoma-bred, Nashville-based artist’s previous output. Mainly recorded live with Millsap’s full band, the album sees a departure from the guitar-and-notebook-based approach to songwriting that shaped his earlier work. Instead, Parker Millsap has followed his curiosity to countless other modes of expression, experimenting with everything from piano to effects pedals to old school drum machines (a fascination partly inspired by the early-’70s innovations of Sly Stone and J.J. Cale).
Be Here Instead was produced by the legendary John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Waxahatchee), and was heralded in January with the luminous “The Real Thing.” The song – which features guest vocals from Nashville singer Erin Rae – was also joined by a video, streaming now at YouTube. “The Real Thing” was met with a lot of excitement at radio, peaking at #1 on the Americana chart and sitting in the top 5 for 13 weeks, and making NPR’s Heavy Rotation list twice. In February, Millsap returned with the song “Vulnerable,” a lushly textured piece of psychedelic soul threaded with elegantly simple wisdom that Rolling Stone called “a shimmering dreamlike production that plays like an underwater orchestra.” The song was joined by a companion video directed by Casey Pierce.
He then released “Dammit,” one of the album’s most majestic moments as it unfolds as an unlikely epic that perfectly captures the nuances of existential frustration while working up a furious momentum that’s nothing less than exhilarating. It was also joined by an official music video.
Parker Millsap 2021 Fall Tour
9/16 – Indianapolis, IN at Hi-Fi w/ H.C. McEntire & Logan Halstead
9/17 – Chicago, IL at Schuba’s w/ H.C. McEntire
9/18 – Chicago, IL at Schuba’s w/ H.C. McEntire
9/19 – Milwaukee, WI at Backroom at Colectivo w/ H.C. McEntire
9/21 – St. Paul, MN at Turf Club w/ H.C. McEntire
9/22 – Iowa City, IA at Gabe’s w/ H.C. McEntire
9/23 – St Louis, MO at Off Broadway w/ H.C. McEntire
9/24 – Louisville, KY at Headliner’s w/ H.C. McEntire
9/29 – Cincinnati, OH at Memorial Hall w/ Molly Parden
9/30 – Columbus, OH at Rumba Cafe w/ Molly Parden
10/01 – Pittsburgh, PA at Thunderbird Cafe Music Hall w/ Molly Parden
10/02 – Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom w/ Molly Parden
10/03 – Ferndale, MI at Magic Bag w/ Molly Parden
10/04 – Toronto, ON at Great Hall w/ Molly Parden
10/06 – Burlington, VT at Higher Ground w/ Molly Parden
10/07- Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair w/ Molly Parden
10/08 – Holyoke, MA at Gateway Arts Center w/ Molly Parden
10/09 – New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom w/ Molly Parden
10/10 – Albany, NY at Lark Hall w/ Molly Parden
10/12 – Philadelphia, PA at WXPN members-only show w/ Molly Parden
10/13 – Washington, DC at Union Stage w/ Molly Parden
10/14 – Carrboro, NC at Cat’s Cradle w/ Molly Parden
10/15 – Asheville, NC at The Masonic Temple w/ Molly Parden
10/16 – Nashville, TN at Basement East w/ Molly Parden
11/11 – Springfield, MO at Springfield Brewing Company’s The Cellar w/ molly.
11/12 – Wichita, KS at WAVE support TBA
11/13 – McAlester, OK at Dancing Rabbit Festival support TBA
11/15 – Tomball, TX at Main Street Crossing (outdoors) an Evening With (full band)
11/16 – San Antonio at Sam’s Burger Joint an Evening With (full band)
11/17 – Austin, TX at 3TEN Center w/ Remy Reilly
11/19 – Dallas, TX at Granada Theater w/ Remy Reilly
11/20 – Oklahoma City, OK at Douglass Auditorium w/ Remy Reilly