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 soon after began performing 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 shows 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, Delaney & Bonnie, 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 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 most recently, A Message From The People Revisited, the band’s take on Ray Charles’ 1972 album, A Message From The People. These records were well received by critics, including Rolling Stone Magazine. The Band of Heathens are also featured on Kid Rock’s 2015 release, First Kiss.
When not on the road with the Heathens, Richard keeps busy with freelance work in Austin and Los Angeles.
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, Nicole Atkins, Margo Price, JD McPherson, Lukas Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Bruce Channel, Glen Clark, Ray Sharpe, Richard Marx, Lee Roy Parnell, Red Young, Teresa James, Marcia Ball, Raul Malo and many others.