Parker Millsap & Gillian Welch duet out today; new Parker Millsap album out May 12

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Parker Millsap shares “Wilderness Within You,” a beautiful rootsy duet with Gillian Welch from his eagerly awaited new album of the same name, Wilderness Within You, available on CD, LP, and digital download via Okrahoma Records on Friday, May 12. Pre-orders are available now.



“It was such a dream come true to work with Gillian on this song,” Millsap says. “Like a lot of the record, we recorded it live with no headphones and we nailed it in just a few takes. The whole time we talked about wildflowers and trees, it was wonderful.”

The song illustrates Millsap’s understanding of nature as something that humans are not separate from – that life is stunningly beautiful most of the time, but does contain streaks of darkness that are just as natural.

“There’s a field that’s full of violets, there’s a bruise that’s purple-brown, there’s a little bit of violence, and a lot of fertile ground.”

Wilderness Within You is Millsap's sixth studio album and was produced with new collaborator Ryan McFadden, featuring a backing band of musicians whom Millsap had largely never met or played with until they began rolling tape. Ross McReynolds on drums, Calvin Knowles on bass, Juan Solorzano and Mark Sloan on guitar & pedal steel, Ryan Connors and Will Honaker on keys, Jake Botts on saxophone, and Daniel Foulks on fiddle. In most cases, these musicians didn’t hear the song they were about to track until minutes before the recording began.

The album was first heralded earlier in February with two standout tracks, “Running On Time” and “What You’ve Shown Me.” A calming meditation on the rhythms of life, “Running On Time” was joined by an official visual directed by Austin Leih. The third song from the record, the acoustic Krautockin "So Far Apart," was released last month alongside another Austin Leih-directed video. Both videos are streaming now on YouTube.






Millsap is currently doing solo acoustic shows but then will celebrate Wilderness Within You with a full-band headline run follows, kicking off with a special album release show at Nashville, TN’s Basement East on May 12 and then traveling into early summer. Highlights include visits to such legendary venues as West Hollywood, CA’s Troubadour (June 23) and Pioneertown, CA’s world-famous Pappy & Harriet’s (June 25), as well as a festival appearance at San Luis Obispo, CA’s Live Oak Music Festival (June 25). For complete details and ticket availability, please see

The follow-up to 2021’s Be Here Instead, Wilderness Within You sees Parker Millsap exploring the intertwined relationship between humanity and nature and finds the Nashville, TN-based artist at his most experimental – playing with field recordings, tape loop-driven soundscapes, and musical genre – but also leans into his own signature classic folk songwriting. Taken in its entirety, the album is a natural step in Parker's evolution which interweaves threads of his musical past and influences to gorgeous effect.

“Ryan really took the time to comb through a mountain of material with me,” says Parker Millsap, “and he asked me hard questions about the songs that I hadn’t yet asked myself. He’s infectiously curious. That helped us create a clarity of purpose. So this approach gave us confidence that the melodies and lyrics were solid enough to handle sonic exploration. We had a blast.”


TOUR 2023


26 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar *

27 – Columbus, OH – Natalie’s Music Hall * (SOLD OUT)

28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café *

29 – Thomas, WV – The Purple Fiddle *

30 – Johnson City, TN – Down Home *


12 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East


2 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway

3 – Kansas City, MO – Knucklehead’s

6 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

7 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

8 – Basalt, CO – TACAW

9 – Torrey, UT – Fort Desolation Fest †

11 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tsvern

13 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

15 – Sacramento, CA – Starlet Room

16 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel

17 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley

21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah

23 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour

24 – Santa Barbara, CA – Live Oak Music Festival †

25 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s

27 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar

28 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf

30 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater


1 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard

* Solo Acoustic

† Festival Appearance

Born and raised in Purcell, OK, a tiny town with a huge sky, Parker Millsap learned early on how to express gratitude through song while playing gospel in the church band. At the same time, he absorbed the honest lyrics of Townes Van Zandt, Mississippi John Hurt’s fingerpicking, and classic albums like Graceland and Rumours. Millsap’s early career recordings – including 2014’s critically lauded Parker Millsap and 2016’s The Very Last Day, the latter an Americana Music Honors & Awards nominee for “Album of the Year” – displayed these influences through character-driven storytelling and minimalist instrumentation. Produced by John Agnello (Waxahatchee, Kurt Vile), 2021’s Be Here Instead hinted at further wildness to come while exploring newer, more personal songwriting styles. Wilderness Within You now marks a natural step in Parker Millsap’s musical evolution, interweaving threads of his musical past and influences to gorgeous, remarkable effect.

Known as a captivating live performer, Millsap has spent much of the past decade on the road, including headline tours, festival sets, and support runs with such like-minded artists as Patty Griffin, Old Crow Medicine Show, Shovels & Rope, Lake Street Dive, Jason Isbell, and Sarah Jarosz, to name but a few. Other highlights include appearances on TBS’ Conan and PBS’ venerable Austin City Limits, as well as a now-legendary performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” with avowed fan Elton John at the famed Roundhouse in London.