Richard Millsap

The Band of Heathens

Richard Millsap

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Paiste Artist Since
June 2021

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
The Band of Heathens

Website
www.richardmillsapdrums.com

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„Paiste's sound sings over the chaos of John Bonham and shines through the butterfly touch of Jim Keltner. Some of my favorite and most expressive drummers trust Paiste to help achieve the sound they hear and want. It is an honor for me to be part of the Paiste family and to help further this legacy of musical expression.“

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Biography

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Richard Millsap was immersed in music at a young age. Richard’s father, Dave Millsap, was a touring guitarist for the likes of Delbert McClinton and Chuck Berry. At age 9, Richard received brief instruction from local legend Tudy Taddi, who taught Frank Beard of ZZ Top, and within a couple of years, he would find himself playing drums in his father’s blues band. Throughout high school, Richard participated in the various school bands while continuing to play professionally outside of school in night clubs, bars, and venues in Fort Worth. He went on to major in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas studying under Ed Soph, before moving to Los Angeles. While in LA, Richard performed live and was involved in session work and various projects. His live gig work included subbing for well established drummers such as James Gadson and Herman Matthews. An offer in the spring of 2012 brought Richard to Austin, TX to join Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos, George Harrison) and his band for a local residency, as well as a headlining spot at the Indigo & Blues Festival in Bangalore, India. Shortly thereafter, Richard joined already-established Austin favorites, The Band of Heathens, touring nationally and internationally, including playing festivals such as Austin City Limits, Montreux Jazz Festival, and Newport Folk Festival. Richard is featured on their last 4 studio albums, including Sunday Morning Record, which reached #2 on the Americana Radio Chart and stayed in the top 10 for 3 months, and Duende, which spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Americana Radio Chart. The band’s records have been well received by critics like Rolling Stone who have given the group their own genre of “comfort rock”. When not on the road with the Heathens, Richard performs live and works in studios in Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA. Richard's performance credits include Delbert McClinton, Bobby Whitlock, Tony Joe White, Arthur Brown, George Strait, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Spooner Oldham, Donnie Fritts, Hayes Carll, Nicki Bluhm, Margo Price, Butch Walker, Raul Malo, Kid Rock, Lukas Nelson, Strand of Oaks, Nicole Atkins, Jamie Lin Wilson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Channel, Glen Clark, Reed Foehl, Ray Sharpe, Richard Marx, Lee Roy Parnell, Teresa James, Red Young, and many others…