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MINER

Into the Morning

2014-02-28

Miner is a six-piece Los Angeles-based folk-rock group lead by lead vocalist and guitarist Justin Miner. His wife Kate Miner (vocals, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica), his brother Jeremy Miner (banjo and lead guitar), his cousin Amanda Koosed (keys), and longtime friends Justin Krook (bass) and Dave Schechtman (drums and percussion) make up the band. Into the Morning is their debut album, released February 25, 2014. The group first gained recognition after Justin Miner, Kate and Jeremy released a demo of "Hey Love" on SoundCloud in 2012. Recently, they made it to the final three for VH1's December Artist of the Month and were featured on an episode of the CW's "Heart of Dixie." Their music has been described as "sun-soaked" by Earmilk, and Sacramento News & Review praised their "bluegrass style vocal harmonies." Their debut album opens with a complex vocal welcome of the morning, quickly moving into a full band build in "Golden Ocean." Their first single, "Hey Love," is a foot stomping love song. Justin Miner and Kate share lead vocals with twangy guitars building beneath them, in "Big Sur." Mandolin and banjo create an intricate rhythm in "Coal Mine" that brings the song to an explosive finish. Sounds of nature bookend the album, as you experience the sounds that inspired Justin Miner's song writing.
Richard Martin

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