He shuffles poignant balladry (The Villain, Forgive Me) and rug-cutting crossover hits (Truck Stop Gospel, Land of the Red Man) with a refusal to sacrifice his deliberate process and purist folk tendencies even when aiming for enduringly catchy choruses or amiable guitar melodies. When Millsaps old soul and youthful energy collide as they do in the winding storytelling in Quite Contrary, delicate duet Disappear and timelessly charming When I Leave the sparks really fly.
Palisade was tailor-made to display his indexed, encyclopedic mind for classic folk and blues through that preachers cry of a voice and some prodigious guitar work. But the instincts that drive those key moments are where we see the sort of artist Millsap could become over time: A gatekeeper between his generation and the best portions of the ones before it. Joshua Boydston