Scott MillerNov 21, 2015 | 0 comments
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.