Born in '50s Ohio, this singer/songwriter took the stage for the first time in the '60s as an upright bassist in high school combos. He later made his way to New York as an acoustic guitarist, started the Buddy Miller Band (featuring Shawn Colvin), and started to record. Since that time, Miller has produced, written, recorded, and played enough highly acclaimed music to have fellow legends such as Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris call him one of the greatest musicians alive.With plenty of Grammy and AMA nominations, his name on albums by Jim Lauderdale, Victoria Williams, and Trisha Yearwood, and a recording studio famous for its ambiance, Buddy Miller has become iconic, and his performances even more so.
Though Miller and Patti Griffin have collaborated on several previous occasions, they recently teamed up for Griffin's latest award winning release "Downtown Church," which Miller produced. In turn, Griffin offers her talents to Miller's recent solo album "The Majestic Silver Strings." Feeling much like a country music revue, the 13-track collection is replete with big-name contributors from a wide range of genres and styles. Lee Ann Womack, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Julie Miller...all backed by the dexterous guitar work of Buddy Miller's extraordinary group, including Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, and Greg Leisz.
The Majestic Silver Strings is a brave venture into gospel, blues, rock and soul meant to celebrate country music itself. It's ambitious, touching on both heartache and joy, but the old-time country songs here are performed with contemporary understanding. Overall, the blend of giant talents and strong styles is achieved; "The Majestic Silver Strings" is a moving, evocative examination of what American really is--a diverse mixture of experiences and genres.
Buddy Miller did a Cayamo session with Patty Griffin in February as well.
Hear the band perform live from the Grammy Museum in L.A. as a part of their one and only live show together on March 10.
Recent Release: The Majestic Silver Strings (Miller)
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Label: New West Record
Origin: Nashville, TN
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