2014 April 11 – Scott Miller / Micah Walk


New Venue!  Donnie’s Homespun Pizza

Scott Miller w/ special guest Micah Walk



From All Music Guide:

Combining the emotional honesty and intelligence of a singer/songwriter with the swagger and enthusiasm of a rock & roller, Scott Miller first made a name for himself as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with the superb pop/rock band the V-Roys, before establishing himself as a solo artist to watch on his first album with his ad hoc group the Commonwealth, Thus Always to Tyrants.

 The youngest of three children born to a Pennsylvania Dutch father and a mother from the Deep South, Miller was born and raised in Swoope, VA, where he developed a youthful fascination with the Civil War and Appalachian history that resonated in his later work. In his early teens, Miller picked up a guitar that once belonged to his older brother, and taught himself to play using a chord book published by The Reader’s Digest. Miller developed an interest in songwriting while attending college at William and Mary, where he received degrees in American history and Russian and Soviet studies. In 1990, he moved to Knoxville, TN, where he began pursuing a career in music while supporting himself doing construction work.

Just Add IceMiller developed a local following as a solo acoustic artist with a repertoire of dryly humorous satiric material, but he began reaching a larger audience in 1994 when he formed a band with bassist Paxton Sellers, drummer Jeff Bills, and guitarist and songwriter John Paul Keith called the Viceroys. A year later, Keith left the group, Mic Harrison stepped in his place, and the band became known as the V-Roys when it was discovered that a reggae band was already using the name the Viceroys. the V-Roys‘ blend of Southern twang, power pop hooks, and rock & roll energy soon won them a wildly enthusiastic fan base in Tennessee and caught the ear of songwriter Steve Earle, who signed the V-Roys to his E-Squared record label and produced their 1996 debut album, Just Add Ice.

Ever since Steve Earle declared Miller a “world class” songwriter – signing him and his former band The V-Roys to his record label E-Squared and producing their two bedrock Americana albums JUST ADD ICE and ALL ABOUT TOWN with Twangtrust partner Ray Kennedy – Miller has been known as a writer’s writer. Even on the next four albums Miller recorded and releasedon Sugar Hill Records from 2001 to 2008, Miller’s songwriting remained genuinely thoughtful, for the most part regional and history based– but always cloaked in what one New York Times reviewer called an “epic vernacular.” In other words, he wrote big.

 The last two years have seen big changes for the malapert Miller. “Like many with elderly parents I heard the call: Now is the time for all sons to return to the land of their raising, smother their parents with a pillow and collect their social security,” Miller deadpanned. Moving home to take over the family cattle farm and establishing a new base from which to tour in Staunton, VA – all while embracing a new life of sobriety – has been challenging and time consuming. “Most of my touring the last couple of years has been in spurts, not like I used to do. I can’t leave my cows for that long. I need their guidance.”

 During this time of transition and scaled down touring Miller was often on the road as a solo performer.  It was then that he happened to meet old-timefiddle maven, Rayna Gellert, and the two began performing together and incorporating Gellert’s old time fiddle style with Miller’s rock sensibilities, ultimately releasing an EP, CODEPENDENTS (F.A.Y.Recordings). Gellert’s fiddle now adds another sonic layer to BIG BIG WORLD.
BIG BIG WORLD is the third release on Miller’s record label F.A.Y. Recordings. Previous releases include FOR CRYING OUT LOUD (2009), CHRISTMAS GIFT (2011), and CO-DEPENDENTS (2012). “I really was ahead of the curve by starting my own label years ago.”

However, it seems like working and co-writing with Doug Lancio might prove to be one of Miller’s smartest moves yet. The two men have made a big, big record– a collaboration that proves Scott Miller hasn’t stopped growing in this BIG BIG WORLD.