Artist of The Day: Buddy Miller

posted by Shane German on 06/06/2019

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Thursday, June 6th: BUDDY MILLER

Soulful Americana songwriter, singer, and producer Buddy Miller began his career in the early '60s as an upright bassist in high-school bluegrass combos. Later, he traveled the back roads of America as an acoustic guitarist, eventually landed in Nashville, where he did session guitar and vocal work on albums by Jim Lauderdale, Victoria Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Heather Myles, among others. He self-produced his outstanding if overlooked solo debut, 1995's “Your Love and Other Lies,” and followed it with 1997's “Poison Love.”

Released in 1999, “Cruel Moon” continued Miller's string of home-recorded sessions often featuring the songwriting and harmonies of his wife, Julie Miller. The 2001 duet album “Buddy & Julie Miller” brought her contributions to the front of the mix and delivered them with gritty, soulful country arrangements enhanced by the interplay of his scowl and her lilt.

Miller has collaborated with many artists such as Marc Ribot, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Kacey Musgraves and Michigan's own The War & Treaty. In 2013, Miller added a new skill to his résumé when he became an executive music producer for the hit TV series Nashville, helping to coordinate the music featured each week in the show set in the country music capital.

Miller has received 4 Grammy Award Nominations and won the Best Traditional Gospel Album Award in 2010. He has released six solo albums and three albums with Julie Miller. Their 2019 album “Breakdown On 20th Avenue South” was recently added to WYCE’s library.

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