Buddy Miller Biography

6 September 1952, Fairborn, Ohio, USA. This acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter started out as a bass player in bluegrass bands before switching to acoustic guitar in the late 60s. His long years as a journeyman session musician saw him criss-crossing America with various bands. He also set up his own Buddy Miller Band, which at one point in the early 80s included a young Shawn Colvin on guitar and vocals. Miller also built up an impressive list of guest credits, working with artists such as Victoria Williams, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Kate Campbell. The most important writing partnerships in Miller’s life have been the ones formed with his singer-songwriter wife Julie, who he first met in Austin, Texas, and North Carolina native Jim Lauderdale. Buddy’s self-produced debut, Your Love And Other Lies, was recorded in his living room with help from his wife, Harris and Lauderdale. Released on HighTone Records in 1995, the album drew critical acclaim for Miller’s superb finger picking and the strength of original material such as ‘You Wrecked Up My Heart’ and ‘Through The Eyes Of A Broken Heart’.

A high-profile slot as lead guitarist and backup vocalist on Harris’ Wrecking Ball tour preceded the release of Poison Love, which, like the debut, was recorded in Miller’s living room. Miller’s high standards were maintained on an excellent mix of original material and well-chosen cover versions, including a sterling run through of Otis Redding’s ‘That’s How Strong My Love Is’. In 1999, Miller was voted Guitarist Of The Year in the Nashville Music Awards and released his third album. Repeating the successful formula of the previous two albums, Cruel Moon mixed stand-out originals such as the title track and ‘Sometimes I Cry’ with cover versions drawn from R&B (the Staple Singers’ ‘It’s Been A Change’) and pop (Barry Mann /Cynthia Weil’s ‘I’m Gonna Be Strong’). Miller’s status in country music is reflected in the fact that his songs have been covered by contemporary giants of the genre such as the Dixie Chicks, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, and Brooks And Dunn.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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