It could be the 200-acre family cattle farm in the hills of Virginia, where he grew up and which he now manages full-time, that has kept Miller’s lyrics grounded, earthy. His songs can range from subdued to rousing, moody introspection to sing-alongs. Miller’s work over the past couple of decades, including with the twang-rockers V-Roys and later his own band the Commonwealth, along with solo, duo, and trio variations, has helped hone his songcraft, a catalog of flowing tales rooted in Americana. His songs are replete with the history and aura of the Appalachians — a genealogy of Southern lives lived working the land and unwrapped into the greater American ethos. Miller is touring in support of his latest recording, Big Big World. He is performing at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte on Feb. 20, 2014. (originally published in Creative Loafing, Charlotte)
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