Scott Miller readies new CD
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
– Scott Miller, known for his solo work and as a guiding light of The Vroys, will be out with "For Crying Out Loud" April 14, he announced Wednesday.
His last CD, "Appalachian Refugee Demos," helped pave the way for the new release. With proceeds from Internet sales of that album (demos from a Marantz hard-disc recorder with handmade cover art for each copy), Miller financed the new CD on his own F.A.Y. Records. The CD was produced by Nashville producer Mike Webb (Allison Moorer, Stacey Earle, Glenn Tilbrook) and features the Commonwealth (guitarist/keyboardist Jeremy Pennebaker, bassist Chris Autry and drummer Shawn McWilliams) and includes guest artists Patty Griffin and Tim O'Brien.
Miller had the band play to guitar and vocal performances on those demos, building them into full-on band tracks.
I'm Right Here, My Love is a ballad with Griffin. "The thing I like about working with Patty is that we got along great before we'd even heard each other's music," he said. "We also grew up in the same home town, except mine was in Virginia, and hers was in Maine."
Miller, one of the founders of the seminal roots rock band The Vroys, who recorded three albums for Steve Earle and Jack Emerson's label E-Squared Records - went on to a successful solo career at Sugar Hill Records where he released four albums from 2001-2008.
Miller and the Commonwealth will take to the road immediately following the CD release. Dates will be announced
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All About Town
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Otherwise, there are a few folky tunes, including "Fade Away" and "Sorry Sue," along with an Irish-influenced rocker, "Over the Mountain. »»»
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