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Richard Millsap
The Band of Heathens
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Born and raised in Ft. Worth, TX, Richard Millsap grew up in the musical home of his father, Dave Millsap, who was a touring guitarist for the likes of Chuck Berry and Delbert McClinton. 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 found himself playing drums in his father's blues band.

After some time in the Jazz Studies program at the University of North Texas, studying under Ed Soph, Richard moved around Texas and eventually to Los Angeles, working in studios and playing gigs around the city. His live gig work included subbing for well established drummers such as James Gadson and Herman Matthews. In 2012, Richard moved to Austin, TX to join Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie) 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, and playing festivals such as Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival, and Montreux Jazz Festival. Richard is featured on their last 3 studio albums; Sunday Morning Record, which reached #2 on the Americana Radio Chart and stayed in the top 10 for 3 months, Duende, which spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Americana Radio Charts, and A Message From The People Revisited, the band's take on Ray Charles' 1972 release, A Message From The People. These records were well-received by critics, including Rolling Stone Magazine. The band is also featured on a few tracks on Kid Rock’s 2015 release, First Kiss.

When not on the road with the Heathens, Richard continues to do session work and play gigs around Austin and Los Angeles.

Richard's performance credits include Delbert McClinton, Bobby Whitlock, Tony Joe White, Arthur Brown, George Strait, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Hayes Carll, Nicki Bluhm, Margo Price, Strand of Oaks, Jamie Lin Wilson, Lukas Nelson, Nicole Atkins, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Channel, Spooner Oldham, Donnie Fritts, Glen Clark, Ray Sharpe, Reed Foehl, Richard Marx, Lee Roy Parnell, Red Young, Teresa James, and many others.