Singer/songwriter Jeff Miller will stop by Atlantic Weekly, Part I this Saturday, to chat and play a couple tunes. Having performed at C'Ville Coffee the night before, this Berklee College of Music graduate will give the WTJU a special encore.
Before his freshman year of high school, Jeff Miller decided to sell all of his video games and buy his first guitar. Soon after, songwriting became a passion. He formed a band with two other friends in the Pittsburgh suburb where he grew up. They recorded an album and played numerous shows together.
After high school, Miller was off to Boston's Berklee College of Music, where he studied Guitar Performance and Songwriting. His plan was to find compatible musicians, and to form another band. That never happened.
A degree from Berklee, a move back home to Pittsburgh, a move to Nashville, 4 solo albums (and an EP) later, Jeff Miller is still playing music. In fact, he plays over 150 shows a year, touring the east coast and the midwest. His music has received airplay at over 175 stations, in the U.S. and abroad.
His third album, Seesaw, was co-produced by Matt Mangano (Darrell Scott, John Mayer, Dave Barnes), who also played bass on the album. It also features Nick Buda (Edwin McCain, Mindy Smith) on drums and percussion. The Pittsburgh Tribune raves, Miller's music is timeless. The songs on Seesaw are infectious delights.
Miller still hasn't found a regular band. But that's fine with him and his listeners. At his live shows, he uses a device to record and loop guitar and vocal parts, creating more sound than many bands do. Using his voice, guitar, hands and feet, he is able to act as each member of a regular band: a singer, guitarist, bassist, even a drummer.
To mark 10 years of looping, Miller decided that his next album should be a live one. So his 197th show of 2008 was recorded in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. The result is Miller's brand new full-length album, "Can You Hear the Music?". Currently based out of Nashville, Jeff is in the final week of a 37-day fall Tour that includes 43 shows in the eastern U.S.
Submitted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk