Mark "Guitar" Miller

Mark "Guitar" Miller

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"The best blues man in the land!" Brad Delp, Blues guitarist Johnny Rawls once commented, "Mark 'Guitar' Miller is on fire!" Jimmy Johnson said, "I thought I saw sparks coming off his guitar neck!" "Mark creates a masterpiece when he plays a solo" Harry King "Mark's music is wonderful."Sissy Spacek

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Biography

Born in the northern Maine town of Houlton and raised in East Millinocket, Maine, Mark has been playing guitar since he was six years old, and for more than 45 years Mark Miller made his living by playing guitar. In the early days, he played with his brothers on the porch. In high school he had a band playing top 40. Later he played with a number of prominent bands as a "hired gun," did studio work for numerous CDs, then he came back to Maine where he has reigned over the music scene ever since.

A guitar-player's guitar player, Mark Miller knows how to fill a room with heart and soul, no matter what its size - from small hip clubs to festivals such as the North Atlantic Blues Festival.

His accomplishments include opening for national acts, including B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, Pat Travers, Waylon Jennings, Jonathan Edwards, Peter Wolf, Shemekia Copeland and others. He's played onstage with Johnny Rawls, Jimmy Johnson, James Montgomery, Debbie Davies, Buddy Spicher, Jimmy Day, Dick Curless. Mark performed with Brad Delp at the Boston Music Awards, with Brad's band - whom he worked with on Brad's solo project for 3 years. Mark was also the winner of the 1989 Lenny Breau Memorial Trophy - handed to him by Lenny's mother. This was Mark's most proud moment.

Between 1995 and 2000, he was featured on the cover of Face Magazine twice, as well as in articles in the Maine Times, Lewiston SunJournal, Bangor Daily News, and many other publications throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The year 2000 he released his first CD, Naked Soul, consisting of original music and lyrics. Right after that he landed 2 record companies - one called Tantara Records, which released a couple of his songs in Europe (where Mark's CD ranked 47 in the Belgium radio market on their American Music Top 50). The other, Jetspeed, in Hollywood, CA - where Mark went to start recording a new CD.

Then, in 2004, he played on the same billing as Johnny Hiland at the L/A Guitar Arts Festival. Mark has performed for the Governor of Maine on numerous occasions, starting in 2002 when he was hired to play at the governor's first and later the second inaugural ball. Since then, he was invited to the governor's mansion for a special performance, and has performed monthly at the governor's family restaurant.

In June of 2006, Mark was nominated by Maine Governor John Baldacci to serve a three-year term on the Maine Arts Commission. Mark brings to the Maine Arts Commission a much-needed blue collar working musician perspective.

Mark is legendary, in that any true legend is really based on fact, and passed from person to person by word of mouth - over the years. Mark has made his name as the best of blues guitarists in the state of Maine through persistent travel, dedication to his craft, and his love of the Northeast.

Lyrics

Love Knows

Written By: Mark "Guitar" Miller

First touch, first kiss,
First dance, and just won't take a chance,
Cause you will know, you will know right where to go,
Cause love, it knows, it knows right where to go,
The light shines down on your deep blue eyes,
That look at me and they say,
That you will know, you will know right where to go,
Cause love, it knows, it knows right where to show,
Love knows.
That old song, those tears, you will know if your heart's been broken,
And fear moves in, so you don't get hurt again,
Down on your knees you'll pray, that love will stay someday, someday,
You will know, you will know right where to go,
Cause love, it knows, it knows right where to show,
Love knows.

Tired

Written By: Mark "Guitar" Miller

Sometimes I get so tired
I could lay right down to die
Sometimes I get so tired
I could lay right down and die
Workin' my fingers to the bone
Tryin' to afford a happy home
Driving up and down these windy old country roads
For seventy five dollars a night
Still driving up and down these windy old country roads
For seventy five dollars a night
People say they love, they love what I do
And they say it just ain't right
Sometimes I get so tired
I could lay right down to die
Sometimes I get so tired
I could lay right down and die
Still workin' my fingers to the bone
And All I need is a happy home...yeah

My Home Town

Written By: Mark "Guitar" Miller

Well I'm tired of bein' alone,
No place I call home,
No lady in my life,
You see I lost my wife,
And I ain't leavin',
I ain't goin' too far,
I'm gonna stay right here,
Looks like I'll be stayin',
In my home town,
Oh in my home town now.

I go to the river and I lay down,
It's only three miles out of town,
Every now and then you see an eagle fly,
Maybe a rainbow in the sky,
And I ain't leavin',
I ain't goin' too far,
I'm gonna lay right here,
Looks like I'll be stayin',
In my home town,
Oh in my home town now,
I'm gonna settle on down,
Right here in my home town.

Well I could move away and start over,
But I'd be a nobody in town,
Back home I'm somebody,
And I've got some good friends around,
And I ain't leavin',
I ain't goin' too far,
I'm gonna stay right here,
Looks like I'll be stayin',
In my home town now,
I'm gonna settle on down,
Right here in my home town,
Oh my home town,
Yes my home town,
I'd like to settle on down,
Right here in my home town.

I'll Put A Flower In Your Hair

Written By: Mark

Well if I could start over,
Northern California would be my very first friend,
And I'd take a dream and make it come true,
You could go along, some day I'd marry you,
We'd have a garden, flowers would grow,
Bright shining mornings, a little mountain snow,
Old dreams fade away in time,
Wait too long you might lose your mind,
This old dream ain't goin' nowhere,
I'll put a flower in you hair.

My brother told me right before he passed on,
He said do whatcha gotta do boy and play your own song,
My sister keeps believing I might make it some day,
But if I don't, she says she loves me anyway,
Old dreams fade away in time,
You wait too long you might lose your mind,
But this old dream ain't goin' nowhere,
I'll put a flower in your hair.

These old dreams they fade away in time,
If you wait too long you could lose your mind,
But this dream ain't goin' nowhere,
Think I'll put a flower in your hair.

Old Gray Ford

Written By: Mark "Guitar" Miller

We went down by the old gray Ford,
Where we could be together and free,
Let our freak flags fly,
Oh and try to understand,
This restless land,

We went down by the old gray Ford,
where we could be together and free,
We heard about the war on the radio,
And saw the President shot on TV, yeah, yeah,
It was one day a peace man died on the street again,
John said "Give Peace a chance",
But he had a hard time holdin' romance,
He tried to hold the whole world in his hands,
Then he got shot in the street,
Oh we don't need peace men anyhow,
In a cruel old world,

So I went down by the old gray Ford,
where we could be together and free,
We let our freak flags fly,
But we knew we had to die,
But I wasn't goin' to war, no I wasn't,
I just called in sick,

They say a peaceful man ain't right,
What makes war so high and mighty,
Killing women and children yeah yeah,
Oh I don't know, I don't know, I just don't know,

I gotta go down by the old gray Ford,
where we can be together and free,
We can let our freak flags fly,
And we don't have to see peace men die.

Discography

CD - "Naked Soul" released in USA and Europe 2000
"Make My Guitar Talk Talk Talk To You"
"Pick It Up"
"Everyday I Got The Blues"
"Back To Memphis "
"Old Gray Ford"
"Motherless Children"
"It Has To Rain To Make A Rainbow"
"Trouble"
"You're A Rain Maker"
"Ain't Got The Blues The Blues Got Me"
"True Love"
"Right Man"
"Naked Soul"

CD - "Whatcha Gonna Do" Released USA 2008
"My Mojo Ain't Workin'"
"Nothin' But The Blues"
"Tired"
"Whatcha Gonna Do"
"Goin' Down By The River"
"Bluebird Flies 'Live'"
"Keep Your Little Red Dress On"
"Me And My Guitar"
"Dreamland"
"Guitar Man"
"Love Knows"

Set List

Mark doesn't have a set list that is typical. Depending on the venue, he draws from his own repertoire of original works (listed here as Discography), and will move from there to blues standards such as works of BB King, Robben Ford, Eric Clapton, or older works of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Taj Mahal.