Scott Miller

Scott Miller came into the national spotlight in the mid nineties as leader of the Knoxville-based band The V-Roys; signed and produced by Steve Earle for his E-Squared label. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums, The V-Roys disbanded. Miller then signed to Sugar Hill Records and released several highly praised recording with his new backing band, The Commonwealth. Most recently he has recorded and released music through his own F.A.Y. Records label.

The last few years have seen big changes for Miller. He left his long-time adopted home city of Knoxville, TN to return to the family farm to tend a herd of beef cattle, look after his elderly parents and set up a new touring base from his hometown of Staunton, VA. During this time of transition and scaled down touring, Miller teamed up with old-time fiddle maven Rayna Gellert adding another sonic layer to his repertoire. The two released a mini-ablum titled "Co-Dependents" and continue to tour together and collaborate often.

For his newest cd, "Big Big World," Miller tapped Nashville guitarist and producer Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt). Miller's avid fans will realize the title phrase points to the artist's new musical horizons, stretching beyond any of his previous works and reflecting his significant growth as a songwriter.

Miller's writing is informed and fueled by his connection to his family land in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. He truly is the sum of his 'Southern place': rural imagery, sin and salvation, defiant, rebellious, pathos and humor. He is currently working on new music, stepping up his touring with the Commonwealth's Ladies Auxiliary (Rayna Gellert and Bryn Davies) and finding a way to merge his life on the farm with his songwriting. "History is my jam", states Miller. "The story is already there and all you need to do is find some connection with it and try to connect that to the listener."

Miller recently collaborated with filmmaker James Weems (Jason Isbell) and photographer Glen Rose to produce the mini-documentary "Goin' Home" which explores Miller's personal and musical journey since returning to the family farm..

Dean Fields

It takes a long time for me to wake up. Often Ill get up in the middle of night, change the cat box, and go back to bed with no recollection of it. Im an over-thinker and an undecider. I make up words. I went to grad school to pursue music and left grad school to pursue music. I moved 7 times in 3 years between 4 states. I have 300 voices with 300 accents for 301 different moods. I cannot park a car. My wife is the coolest person I know. And she is not a horse.

I just released a brand new batch of music. It's a 6 song EP called "Any Minute Now" and it features a live string section and songs co-written with the #1 songwriters and Grammy winners behind songs by Alison Krauss, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban. In some ways it feels like I just woke up and while I was sleeping I changed the cat box, recorded 5 albums, and played more than a thousand shows.

This time around, It was important to me that the album be an appropriate representation of my music for folks at solo shows and band shows. I'm lucky to have friends who are insanely talented and practiced musicians who are sensitive to my vision. Trey Pollard and I produced this album together at Songwire Studios in Richmond VA. He along with Curtis Fye, Wells Hanley, and Erika Sato really performed magnificently. Did I say magnificently? Because I meant to say MAGNIFICENTLY! I trusted them with these songs and the results are my best work yet. I can't wait for you to hear it. And I can't wait to try and outdo it the next time around.

-Dean Fields

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