Buddy Miller

by Chris Bertram on March 3, 2006

In my role as a music reviewer for Bristol and Bath’s “Decode”:http://www.decodemedia.com/tiki-index.php magazine, I got to see “Buddy Miller”:http://www.buddyandjulie.com/ on Tuesday night. I’m not sure that music reviews are my forte, but you can read my effort “here”:http://www.decodemedia.com/tiki-index.php?page=Buddy+Miller . Miller really is a remarkable guitarist and a pretty good singer too. I guess he’s “officially” “country” (whatever that amounts to) , but he’s really someone who transcends genre. He’s made some important records with some famous people (he’s Emmylou Harris’s guitarist) , but his own material (and that with his wife “Julie”:http://www.buddyandjulie.com/biojulie.html ) is also fantastic. His religious affiliations (Christian) are pretty much to the fore in his most recent record — “Universal United House of Prayer”:http://www.buddyandjulie.com/house.html — though they weren’t on Tuesday. UUHP is sort of country/rock/gospel crossover (if it even has a genre) with the highpoint being his cover of Dylan’s With God on Our Side (Miller plainly doesn’t think that God is a Republican). Anyway, check him out.



Tim 03.03.06 at 3:21 am

Colour me jealous. House of Prayer is one the great albums of the last few years. Would love to see Miller live.


Bill Gardner 03.03.06 at 5:57 am

I’ve seen Miller live with his own band and with Harris and I second Chris’s recommendation.


Patrick Nielsen Hayden 03.03.06 at 7:42 am

He’s officially a country? I’ve heard of successful musicians having their own labels, but that’s even better.

[Thank goodness we have some good proofreaders in our comments threads. Fixed now, thanks Patrick]


Matt 03.03.06 at 6:32 pm

Interesting. It would have been nice if you’d had more to say about all of that.

Guess I’ll take the opportunity to point CT’s readership over to a conversations we’ve been having on these subjects on Long Sunday.


Matt 03.03.06 at 6:33 pm

or “some conversations”, if you prefer)


Jim Henley 03.06.06 at 12:46 am

It seems almost narcissistic for Buddy Miller to be religious, given that Buddy Miller is God.


Eric 03.06.06 at 4:19 pm

I saw Buddy Miller at Paste Magazine’s Rock n’ Reel festival in Decatur, GA. He was just fantastic. Universal United House of Prayer is one of my favorite albums right now.

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