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Scott Miller

For Crying Out Loud – 2009 (F.A.Y.)

Reviewed by John Walker

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Scott Miller reached deep within himself for his new studio record in more ways than one. Growing tired of sharing the wealth with record labels, Miller decided to try something creative. He first put together a limited edition demo CD and sold it on his own web site to finance the project. He then needed to put out a full record for sale. Mission accomplished.

Miller continues to cover many genres with his country- and rock-based songs, displaying his keen writing skills throughout. From the opening acoustic guitar, Cheap Ain't Cheap, Miller draws you in with this catchy tune and never lets go.

Although The Commonwealth band name was dropped, all of the same talent still is there, with Jeremy Pennebaker on guitar, Shawn McWilliams on drums, and Chris Autry doing a great job on bass. Close friend Doug Lancio also contributes on slide guitar and mandolin. Patty Griffin teams up with Miller for a very moving call-and-response duet for I'm Right Here, My Love. Tom O'Brien adds background vocals on the only cover, Tom T. Hall's I Can't Dance.

Sin In Indiana plus Appalachian Refugee also highlight why Miller is one of the brightest shining stars in the Americana music scene. Just for good measure, Miller throws in a great murder ballad (Double Indeminity), loosely based on a movie of the same title.