Thirty Tigers [Release date 15.06.18]
The new album from Parker Millsap who has earned praise from among others Elton John for his live performances, who he supported at an Apple Music Festival show in London. He is backed by Daniel Foulks (fiddle), Michael Rose (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums/percussion) and backing singers including Jillette Johnson who co-wrote the album’s closing song ‘Come Back When You Can’t Stay’. That song is a gentle way to end on and Jillette’s vocals complement Parker’s perfectly.
Parker Millsap doesn’t overcook any song – most clock in at a radio friendly less than three minutes, yet as opener ‘Fine Line’ shows he can pack a lot into that time, in this case a lot of rocking and good time melody. ‘Your Water’ sees him delve back into the blues waters, which continues on the acoustic ‘Singing To Me’ – a perfect song to highlight his emotionally charged vocal. His vocal and delivery sound like someone much older and world weary – that is in a good way.
Its not all about Mr Millsap though as Daniel Foulks’s fiddle playing jousts with the guitar on the title track and the rhythm section of Michael Rose and Paddy Ryan provide a solid beat to ‘Let A Little Light In’ – one that Tax The Heat fans will enjoy I am sure.
He’s only 24 yet Parker Millsap’s profile is on an upwards trajectory and ‘Other Arrangements’ will be a summer hit and beyond. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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