Miller at the SXSW festival in 2010, Austin, Texas.
September 6, 1952 |
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer-songwriter, producer|
|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|
Steven Paul "Buddy" Miller (born September 6, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. Miller is married to and has recorded with singer-songwriter Julie Miller.
Early life and musical career
Miller moved to Nashville in the 1990s, where he worked on recording sessions as a guitar player and vocalist and began producing his own records in his living room studio. His first solo recording, Your Love and Other Lies, was released in 1995. It was followed by Poison Love in 1997 and Cruel Moon in 1999. He and his wife, Julie Miller, released Buddy & Julie Miller in 2001, which won the Album of the Year Award from the Americana Music Association .
Touring and performance
Miller has toured as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for Emmylou Harris's Spyboy band, Steve Earle on his El Corazon tour, Shawn Colvin, Linda Ronstadt, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Patty Griffin. In 2002, Miller toured as part of the Down from the Mountain Tour along with Alison Krauss and Union Station. In 2004, Miller toured with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings as the Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue.
Miller toured as part of the band on Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand tour of the U.S. and Europe in 2008. He then joined Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin on tour as Three Girls and Their Buddy. While on tour, following a performance in Baltimore on February 19, 2009, Miller suffered a heart attack. He underwent triple bypass surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital on February 20.
Miller has produced albums for artists including Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, The Devil Makes Three, Allison Moorer, the Wood Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the McCrarys, and Ralph Stanley. He has co-produced records with Robert Plant, Jim Lauderdale and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Miller has produced his own solo albums as well as recordings for and with his wife, singer-songwriter Julie Miller.
Miller has worked as an instrumentalist or vocalist on records by Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Lee Ann Womack, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Victoria Williams, Shawn Colvin, Bobby Bare, Chris Knight, John Fogerty, the Chieftains, Frank Black, Rodney Crowell, Dixie Chicks, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. He has also worked as a recording engineer, mixer or mastering engineer on records by Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Jim Lauderdale, and Patty Griffin.
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Film and TV
Miller signed on as a producer for the ABC TV series Nashville in 2012. He was the executive music producer for the show in season two and three. He also was music producer and musical director for Nashville: On The Record Live Specials.
Along with Don Was, Miller was the musical director for The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris tribute concert.
Miller was musical director and bandleader for the Americana Music Association's Honors & Awards shows broadcast on AXS TV and PBS.
Tom T. Hall's song "That's How I Got To Memphis" featured in the final episode of HBO's The Newsroom in 2014 was recorded by Miller.
Starz political drama Boss used the Plant-Miller produced "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" as its theme song.
Awards, accolades, and other activities
Between 2002 and 2013, Miller won twelve Americana Music Honors & Awards and was nominated for seven others. Since 2005, he has led the Americana All Star Band, which performs with nominated artist during the Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremonies, held annually at the Ryman Auditorium.
Americana Music Awards and nominations
|2002||Artist of the Year||Nominated (with Julie)|
|2002||Album of the Year (Buddy & Julie Miller)||Won|
|2003||Instrumentalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2003||Album of the Year (Midnight & Lonesome)||Nominated|
|2005||Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|2005||Song of the Year (Worry Too Much Written by Mark Heard and performed by Buddy Miller)||Won|
|2005||Album of the Year (Universal United House of Prayer)||Won|
|2007||Instrumentalist of the Year||Won|
|2008||Instrumentalist of the Year||Won|
|2009||Instrumentalist of the Year||Nominated|
|2009||Album of the Year||Won (Written in Chalk by Buddy & Julie Miller)|
|2009||Song of the Year||Won (Chalk Written by Julie Miller and performed by Buddy and Julie Miller)|
|2009||Duo/Group of the Year (Buddy and Julie Miller)||Won|
|2009||Artist of the Year||Won|
|2010||Instrumentalist of the Year||Won|
|2011||Instrumentalist of the Year||Won|
|2011||Artist of the Year||Won|
|2012||Instrumentalist of the Year||Won|
|2013||Duo/Group of the Year (with Jim Lauderdale)||Nominated|
|2013||Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||Album of the Year (Buddy & Jim - Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale)||Nominated|
No Depression magazine named him Artist of the Decade in 2008.
|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|
|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|
|2016||Cayamo: Sessions at Sea||30||12||31|
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