Buddy Miller

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Buddy Miller
Buddy-Miller in 2010.jpg
Miller at the SXSW festival in 2010, Austin, Texas.
Background information
Born (1952-09-06) September 6, 1952 (age 62)
Fairborn, Ohio
Genres Country, Americana
Occupation(s) Musician, Singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1983–present
Labels HighTone, New West
Associated acts Julie Miller, Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue, Buddy Miller Band, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, Band of Joy, Steve Earle
Website www.buddyandjulie.com

Steven P. "Buddy" Miller (born September 6, 1952 in Fairborn, Ohio) is a country singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. Miller is married to and has recorded with singer-songwriter Julie Miller.

Career[edit]

Miller formed the Buddy Miller Band, which included singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin on vocals and guitar.

In addition to releasing several solo albums over the years, Miller has toured as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for Emmylou Harris's Spyboy band, Steve Earle on his El Corazon tour, Shawn Colvin, and Linda Ronstadt. He co-produced and performed on Jimmie Dale Gilmore's 2000 album Endless Night. He has also appeared on several albums by songwriter and singer Lucinda Williams.

In 2004, Miller toured with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, and David Rawlings as the Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue.

At the 4th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, the Ryman Auditorium September 2005, Miller received the Album of the Year Award for Universal United House of Prayer, and the opening cut of that album, "Worry Too Much" (penned by Mark Heard, and originally released on his Second Hand album), won the Song of the Year Award.[1][2]

Julie Miller and Phil Madeira

Buddy Miller has also produced albums for a number of artists. During 2006 Solomon Burke came over to Miller's house at Nashville to record his country album 'Nashville' on which Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and Dolly Parton appear as duet partners.

He has a signature acoustic guitar made by the Fender company, and frequently uses vintage Wandré electric guitars.

Buddy Miller toured as part of the band on Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand tour of the USA and Europe, and with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin on the Three Girls and Their Buddy tour. While on tour, Miller suffered a heart attack in Baltimore on February 19, 2009 following his performance as part of the MammoJam Music Festival and underwent triple bypass surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital on 20 February.[3]

At the annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards program at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on September 18, 2008, Miller received the "AMA Instrumentalist Of The Year" award, which was presented to him by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Miller was joined by Plant on a performance of a new song "Whatcha Gonna Do, Leroy" from his album Written in Chalk which was released in March 2009. He also was part of the band for John Fogerty's The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again in 2009. In 2010, Miller again joined Robert Plant and Patty Griffin with Robert Plant's Band of Joy, touring both the US and Europe.

Miller produced Patty Griffin's Downtown Church which was released in 2010 and won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album on February 13, 2011.

Discography[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Label
US Country US Christian US US Heat US Indie
1995 Man on the Moon (Buddy Miller and The Sacred Cows) Coyote
Your Love and Other Lies HighTone
1997 Poison Love
1999 Cruel Moon
2001 Buddy & Julie Miller (with Julie Miller) 45 41
2002 Midnight and Lonesome 50
2004 Love Snuck Up (with Julie Miller)
Universal United House of Prayer 64 40 New West
2008 The Best of the HighTone Years Shout! Factory
2009 Written in Chalk (with Julie Miller) 159 3 New West
2011 The Majestic Silver Strings 37 8 41
2012 Buddy & Jim (with Jim Lauderdale) 67 20

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Awards
First
None recognized before
AMA Album of the Year (artist)
2002
with Julie Miller
Succeeded by
Johnny Cash
Preceded by
Loretta Lynn
AMA Album of the Year (artist)
2005
Succeeded by
James McMurtry
Preceded by
Kenny Vaughan
AMA Instrumentalist of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Buddy Miller
Preceded by
Buddy Miller
AMA Instrumentalist of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Gurf Morlix
Preceded by
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
AMA Album of the Year (artist)
2009
with Julie Miller
Succeeded by
Rosanne Cash
Preceded by
Levon Helm
AMA Artist of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Ryan Bingham
Preceded by
Ryan Bingham
AMA Artist of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Gillian Welch
Preceded by
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
AMA Duo/Group of the Year
2009
with Julie Miller
Succeeded by
The Avett Brothers