Bluegrass Today correspondant Richard Thompson interviews Milan for the Songwriter Profile series. Read the full article here.
Check out Balsam Range Five, the highly anticipated follow-up to Papertown, the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year. The boys were kind enough to include two tunes penned by Milan- Chasing Someone Else's Dreams and a co-write with Mark Bumgarner entitled I Spend My Days Below the Ground. Get your copy here or where fine records are sold!
Long before the Old Rock School became a popular stop for Bluegrass touring artists, hardcore fans of the genre knew the small town of Valdese, NC as the home of the legendary George Shuffler. Born on April 11, 1925, Shuffler is one of the most beloved and influential sidemen of Bluegrass’ first generation. His contributions to the genre include his “walking” style of playing the bass, and even more significant, his cross-picking style of guitar playing.
The Boy From Valdese features old friends and long-time collaborators Buddy Melton (Lead Vocals) and Milan Miller (Guitar, Baritone Vocals), with special guests Terry Baucom (Banjo), Carl Jackson (Tenor Vocals), Ron Shuffler (Upright Bass), and Adam Steffey (Mandolin). In just over three minutes, the song takes the listener on a journey that begins with Shuffler’s early days learning to play guitar, through his induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2011. The end result is a fitting tribute to a man who helped introduce the acoustic guitar as a lead instrument in Bluegrass music.
A free download of the song is available at: https://soundcloud.com/melton-miller-music/the-boy-from-valdese
What'll I Do written by Milan Miller and Mark W. Winchester, and recorded by Terry Baucom tops the list of 2013's most played bluegrass songs. Papertown written by Milan Miller and recorded by Balsam Range rounds out the top 20. See the complete listing.