Singer/songwriter Bryan Miller, the leader of Miller's Farm is rumored to be the love child of Lyle Lovett, Ray Charles and Buck Owens, which would account for the inherently honest, soulful and witty approach to his songwriting and performance. "An artful writer with a keen sense of melody and a knack for articulate storytelling," Miller combines stories of life in the city with traditional American music. His strong and "engaging voice" is enhanced by the band behind him, each musician bringing his own influences - from Coltrane and Copland to the Beastie Boys, Gram Parsons and Stevie Wonder - into the music. The conversations between the instrumentalists (Nick Martucci/bass and Jim Mansfield/drums and Scott McCampbell/lead guitar) create the perfect backdrop for Miller's narratives.
While you can hear and see their passion as you watch them play the hell out of their instruments, the "musicians never...get in the way of Miller's vocal performance." The infectious hooks and the band's ease and energy on the stage leaves the audience listening, dancing, laughing and singing along and have led otherwise mild-mannered folk to scream out "YEE HAW!"
"Country Music For City Folk"?
Country music for city folk is not just for city folk, and it's not just Country music. It's as diverse as the range of traditional American music it comes from, incorporating a blend of blues, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock and R&B. Country music for city folk is an ill-fated journey on the L train to meet a lover, set to a rollicking country beat; it's a gospel song about being homesick for the fresh air of the country; it's a tender and passionate ballad about a wife's concern over the size of her derriere; and it's a sultry blues version of "King of the Road" where the hobo ain't so happy when he reaches the end of his journey.
Check out the artist's website:
1. This Ain't Monday
2. King of the Road
3. Doin' Time
4. Those Jeans