Scott Miller w/ The Kerns Brothers
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
DOORS: 7pm | SHOW: 8pm
Scott Miller blends folk and rock like there ain't no words for. The power of storytelling with the power of a compressed electric guitar comes through this Virginian not heard since the likes of Wayne Newton (fellow Virginian) or The Statler Brothers (also of the Commonwealth.) Not even since Thomas Jefferson (Virginian) and Woodrow Wilson (another Virginian) formed their rock trio with drummer Stewart Copeland (northern Virginian) "League of Nations".
Unlike most of the faux-simplified-effete'-elite-Americana/ Alt-Country world, Miller was actually raised on a working farm. His parents were a WWII generation couple that carried on the Spartan lifestyle of their Scots-Irish forefathers. Miller has described the lifestyle as "Amish that drink." In 1990, Miller left the family farm and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he started scraping a living in local bars and clubs. Miller then founded a rock band called the V-roys, the first band signed to Jack Emerson's (R.I.P.) and Steve Earle's E-Squared label. His songwriting became more mature. His understanding of the music "biz" ("It ain't called 'show-friends.") became more astute, but his guitar playing remained the ham fisted flat-picking of his youth. He calls them "solos."
Releasing four albums over the next 6 years for the highly respected Sugar Hill Label: THUS ALWAYS TO TYRANTS ( '01), UPSIDE/DOWNSIDE ('03--a #1 Americana Record), CITATION ('05), and the live album RECONSTRUCTION ('07) , Miller and the Commonwealth spent a year as the house band for the WB Network's "Blue Collar TV with Jeff Foxworthy." Miller recounts, "Suddenly the band and I didn't have to load up and travel every night, we could walk across from the theatre where the television show was taped into a 5 star hotel bar, and make great money doing it. I hated it, of course." And now, like most artists with a brain these days, Miller has founded his own record label (F.A.Y. Recordings) and has released new records on his label.
THE KERNS BROTHERS
Brothers Riley and Alex Kerns have been playing music together since they were young children. With Riley on drums and Alex on guitar, they started mastering their vocal harmonies (which they take great pride in). They've since branched out to other instruments and a slew of notable projects (Golden Butter Band, Hollis K, The Reckless Island, Riley Kerns [solo]) which range in styles from Americana to pop to reggae. Though they both have different musical tastes, they have always been able to bring a variety of styles together to make a unique sound. Hints of their influences, ranging from The Beatles to Sublime, can often be heard.
Bright Box Theater (View)
15 N Loudoun St, Suite 100
Winchester, VA 22601
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