Parker Millsap broke out with his buzzy, self-titled debut in 2014. The collection catapulted him to the forefront of the Americana genre — right into the Emerging Artists Category for the genre’s annual awards alongside Sturgill Simpson, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Valerie June. (Past winners include Alabama Shakes and Shovels and Ropes.)
EW is excited to share the first track off the Oklahoma native’s second album, The Very Last Day, due out March 25. “Pining” still bears the taut song crafting the 22-year-old has become known for, but it also has a more poppy sheen. “I was just driving down the road and thought, ‘I wonder if I can write a pop song, while driving down a road?'” the singer says, offering a laugh alongside his explanation for the track’s origins. “I was listening to a lot of Motown at the time, I’m sure that had something to do with it.”
The infectious, swinging tune is streaming exclusively on EW below. The Very Last Day is due to release March 25 via Thirty Tigers.