- Released: May 16, 2000
- Label: Vanguard Records
CMJ - 5/22/00, p.33
"...The recipient of 5 Native American Music Awards, Miller writes songs...that sound like classic rock hits backed by Native American warriors."
- 1.Prelude (The Sun Is Gonna Rise Again)
- 2.Every Mountain I Climb
- 3.The Reason
- 6.The Vision
- 7.There Is You
- 8.The Last Stand
- 9.Blessing Wind
- 10.Waiting for the Rain
- 11.The Sun Is Gonna Rise
Personnel: Bill Miller (vocals, guitar); David Davidson, Pam Sixfin, David Angell, Mary Katherine Van Osdale, Betty Small, Gerald Greer (violin); Kristin Wilkinson, Jim Grosjean (viola); John Catchings, Anthony Lamarchina (cello); Craig Nelson (acoustic bass).
Recorded at Vital and Hum Depot Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; Bennett House Studios, Franklin, Tennessee.
Personnel: Bill Miller (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Gerald Greer, Betty Small, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson , David Angell (violin); Kristin Wilkinson, Jim Grosjean (viola); John Catchings, Anthony LaMarchina (cello); Chris McHugh (drums); Sam Bacco (percussion); Richard Dodd (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Richard Dodd.
Recording information: Bennett House, Franklin, TN; Vital Recordings, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Glen Rose.
Arranger: Kristin Wilkinson.
Combine Native American touches with a healthy appreciation of storytellers like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen and you have Bill Miller, a distinctive singer/songwriter who shows how compelling he can be on Ghostdance. This superb CD is essentially folk-rock, but it's folk-rock with Native American elements. Not only has Native American culture influenced him musically, but his reflective lyrics are also greatly influenced by the history and culture of Native Americans. Like Springsteen, Miller realizes that great singer/songwriters often draw on their own backgrounds and experiences. The Boss' frame of reference is working-class New Jersey -- he sings so convincingly about blue-collar life that you know he has been there -- whereas Miller's is the Native American experience. And his insights as a Mohican help to enrich "There Is You," "Every Mountain I Climb," and other pearls on Ghostdance. But you don't have to have a Native American background to be moved by this album any more than you have to be from New Jersey to savor Springsteen's Born to Run. The Boss might be writing about people in Asbury Park, NJ, but listeners in Melbourne, Australia, or Dublin, Ireland, can easily relate to his stories; and similarly, Ghostdance offers insights that people from a variety of backgrounds will appreciate. ~ Alex Henderson