Chris Miller
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Chris Miller

San Antonio, Texas, United States | SELF

San Antonio, Texas, United States | SELF
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Chris Miller @ Auden's Kitchen

San Antonio, Texas, USA

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

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San Antonio, Texas, USA

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Chris Miller’s shows are simple. Just a man and his guitar.

He makes the most of that one instrument, though.

“I use a loop station to layer rhythm guitar parts or percussion parts on the spot. This enables me to sound more like a duo show,” he says. “For example when I play my original song ‘Take Me,’ I first set up a percussion loop by slapping the guitar, then later in the song I add the rhythm guitar so that I can do some lead lines. I still consider myself more of a guitarist than a singer.”

After doing everything from driving concrete trucks in Kansas City, to graphic editing for commercial print shops in Colorado Springs, Chris is glad to be able to call music his full time career now. Averaging more than three shows a week for the last three years, he’s played for everything from weddings and private events to casinos, coffee houses and wineries from Galena to Des Moines.

“I got my start singing in front of people as a worship leader for my church in Colorado Springs. They were very patient with me as I learned the craft, but it was pretty bad for quite a while,” he says. “Then I played in several bands. In college I played guitar for a Christian metal band. We toured some but never really made an impact.”

Chris’ energy reflects the audience that he’s playing for. At sports bars he can be a bit of a goofball. Shows at galleries and wineries, though, tend to be quieter, more intimate and full of his original songs.

“I’ve released four albums of original material. All independent, no manager or label. The first three I recorded in my home studio with one microphone and lots of patience,” he says. “My newest, ‘Taylor & Me,’ was recorded at Catamount Studio in Cedar Falls. My first album is available for free on my website. The later three are available at all the major online music stores.”

Chris hopes a recent change in address will help his music career move as well.

“I recently moved into an RV camper full time, so home comes with me,” he says. “I’m hoping this will facilitate more extensive touring, but for now I’m just trying to adjust to the new lifestyle.

“I’ll be happy if I can just keep writing and performing for a living.“

— PETE - Hoopla


In zijn briefje aan onze redactie schrijft singer-songwriter Chris Miller uit Cedar Rapids, Iowa dat hij gitaar speelt als John Mayer en zingt als David Gray. Voor ons lijkt een dergelijke introductie nogal blufferig maar na beluistering van zijn nieuwe cd “What’s Next” kunnen wij moeilijk anders dan gedeeltelijk bevestigen wat de man over zichzelf schrijft. Hij vertelt ons ook nog dat hij zo’n twaalf keer per maand als soloartiest optreedt in bars, restaurants en koffiehuizen in de omgeving. Daarbij gebruikt hij een digitaal loopstation om percussie en ritmegitaar aan zijn live gitaarspel toe te voegen en het geheel instrumentaal zo wat voller te laten klinken. Op deze cd vinden we tien tracks terug + één akoestisch gezongen hidden track. Alle nummers werden zelf geschreven en ingezongen, hij speelt alle instrumenten zelf en nam het hele zaakje zelf op in zijn thuisstudio. Moeilijk om een preciezere definitie te vinden voor een doe-het-zelver. Bij zijn briefje voegde hij ook een uitgebreide lijst van liedjes die hij covert tijdens zijn live shows tussen het spelen van zijn eigen nummers door. En dat overzicht getuigt van een zeer goede smaak omwille van de mooie popsongs en de klassiekers in diverse stijlen als country, hedendaagse rock, blues en alternatieve muziek. In zijn eigen pop- en rocksongs draait het muzikaal vooral om de akoestische gitaar waaraan nadien enkele extra instrumenten werden toegevoegd. “What’s Next” is de derde full-cd van Chris Miller en volgt op zijn 2007-release “Ready Now” dat vooral na zijn solo-optredens verkocht werd. Zijn titelloze debuutplaat dateert van nog een jaartje eerder uit 2006. Over dit album kunnen we zeggen dat de kwaliteit van de opnames verraadt dat de professionele studiotechniek hoorbaar afwezig is maar dat Chris Miller anderzijds wel zijn uiterste best heeft gedaan om het geheel zo goed mogelijk af te werken en dat hij daar goed in geslaagd is. Als we een selectie uit de tracklijst mogen maken gaat onze voorkeur uit naar de volgende songs: “Full Head”, “Falling Through Life”, het wat mysterieus klinkende “My Favorite Drug” en het op een catchy riff drijvende “Break Away”. Naar het einde toe wordt het een beetje monotoon, ondanks het feit dat de songs wel sterk genoeg zijn. Gelukkig is er de officiële cd-afsluiter “One Small Choice” met parlando en bluesy begeleiding op elektrische gitaar. “What’s Next” is een verdienstelijke plaat van een artiest die kwalitatieve songs kan schrijven en goed kan zingen. Misschien moet hij voor een volgende plaat eens wat van het productiewerk aan anderen overlaten in een professionele opnamestudio en zichzelf louter concentreren op de muziek, het zangwerk en de kwaliteit van de liedjes.
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C.R.'s Miller gets original on new album
By Eric Clark
The Gazette

Unlike Iowa City, Cedar Rapids isn't known for its wealth of musicians creating original material. So it's always nice to see a Cedar Rapids performer stepping away from the town's glut of cover bands to make a more personal artistic statement.
Singer-songwriter Chris Miller has done just that with, What's Next, an 11-song album of material he wrote himself.
?'What's Next' is an intriguing album for two main reasons. First, Miller played all of the instruments, except cello and harmonica, and recorded the album at home using a single microphone. Second, despite the fact Miller's guitar-based songs sound predominantly sunny, the music masks a heart of darkness that only comes across with a close listen to the lyrics.
In a thin voice that's endearing for its lack of polish, Miller primarily sings about struggling with the dullness of contemporary society and how the idealism of youth is stripped away by the rigors of the real world.
?"Five years now all the same, where did that time go?/Two kids now no plan, and no savings to show," Miller sings on "One Small Choice." Miller's songs might sound a bit like the beachboy musings of Jack Johnson, but his lyrics have more in common with the dark confessions of Staind.
?¡ Contact the writer: (319) 3688809 or eric.clark@gazcomm.com

- The Gazette


Discography

Untitled ep - 2006
Ready Now - 2007
What's Next - 2008
Taylor & Me - 2009
Nomad Sessions - 2010

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Lyrics that will make you cry, a voice that will make you sing and guitar that will make you dance. Throw in a healthy dose of off the cuff wit and you've got a Chris Miller show. Over twenty years of guitar experience, including work toward a BS in Classical Guitar, make him a bit of an exception to the standard singer/songwriter model. He is equally comfortable as a vocalist and a lead guitar player.

Miller has honed his skills as a solo act through years slugging it out in the Iowa music scene, performing everywhere from casinos and sports bars to presidential political rallys, coffee houses and even the Iowa State Fair. He's been one of the busiest performers, averaging over one hundred and forty shows a year for several years now.

He has released five independent albums and racked up a huge cover song list that ranges from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne. Miller jokingly quips, "I clearly have OCD but in this case it works to my benefit." His original songs are deeply, sometimes painfully honest. "I understand more but now want to feel less. Joy rules my head but my heart is a mess," from Falling Through Life, awarded Honorable Mention in Billboard World Song Contest 2009.

Chris is now seeking a new challenge and inspiration by taking his music and life on the road, a bold move for one of the few musicians in the area to make a full time living through performances and music sales. In June he sold or gave away almost all of his possessions and moved into an RV to facilitate this next adventure.

"I have no idea what to expect or where I'll go but as long as I can continue to write and perform for people, I'll be happy. It's just me and my guitar for now." You can follow his adventure through his main website, www.chrismillerguitar.com or his facebook page www.facebook.com/chrismillerguitar.