Miller Campbell
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Miller Campbell

Seattle, WA | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Seattle, WA
Established on Jan, 2017
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Today, TDC is proud to premiere a track from Sweet Whiskey entitled "Obsession." Led by bluesy guitar riffs, plenty of "ah oohs", and Campbell's sultry (with-a-hint-of-crazy) yet dangerous vocals, the fabulous "Obsession" finds Campbell warning an ex-lover that she won't let him go easily - taking crazy ex-girlfriend to new heights.

"You can try your best to get away from me
Like a bloodhound, I got your scent baby
Can't get off this grid, cause I'll track you down
Poison your coffee, chain you to my stove"

Campbell details the story behind the song, "Obsession is my "crazy girl" song that is making fun of the stereotype women have after a breakup. It's sort of a reclamation of the phrase, taking it to the 1000% percent of "I'll show you crazy if call me that." I love its blues elements and the music I composed is supposed to be emulating a train chugging off the tracks, which I hope listeners can hear in the guitar riffs, and drum beat."

​On Sweet Whiskey, Miller Campbell has boldly declared her intent to claim a prominent place in the canon of western music. Armed with a voice at turns warm, clear and bright as high mountain air, Campbell sings with a natural assuredness typically found in artists with decades of experience. Campbell gets it honest, but almost never got here at all. - The Daily Country


Country music is not the first thing that comes to ones mind when thinking of the Seattle music scene. Miller Campbell has a chance to change that idea. You may have seen her perform at a local rodeo or maybe the Washington State Fair this year, or recently opening for Danielle Bradberry. Having released her first EP this past week, Campbell is looking to the Pacific Northwest to make her a country star. Campbell held a party at the packed Tractor Tavern in Ballard to celebrate the release of Sweet Whiskey.

Promising a “full production” prior to the show, Campbell made sure the fans got just that. Part of having that full production was the large band she assembled onstage to back her up. The band, however, did not take away from Campbell’s magical performance. With strong vocals and lead guitar, Campbell caught the crowd’s attention right from the opening song “Obsession” with a country rock vibe. Campbell’s crowd was full of excitement, with eager fans waiting to hear her new songs. I would highly recommend catching Miller Campbell live, if not just buy her album. Country music lovers will not be disappointed.

Support was provided by the Hasslers, who originally hailed from Montana and recently relocated to Seattle to bring their music to the masses. They performed a wonderful set and raised the energy level for Miller Campbell to take the stage with a loud roar.

After the show I was able to ask Campbell a few questions:

1) Tell me your feelings on your release show.
I am absolutely on cloud nine. I am so blown away by the unbelievable support Seattle showed for local country music, and my debut album. We have such an amazing fan base here in the PNW, and to see them come out in full force was epic. The combination of the amazing crowd (who were there to have the BEST time), the musicianship of my band and the openers, the Hasslers, and the spunk and attitude of the Dancin DJ’s made for not just a show-but a full blown production. My favorite review was, “There were moments I saw you play and it felt like I was at a stadium concert.” How cool is that?! It was truly the perfect night.

2) What do you want new fans or listeners to know when checking out your music?
I want fans and listeners to know that the album is a journey meant to be played from start to finish. It truly is the story of the last year of my life- from the summer I made the full time leap to being a musician, to a bad breakup, to the death of my brother, and all the grit and glamour it takes to be a country artist. This is not a bought album, with songs I found from other people. This is truly an expression of me and the thoughts, dreams, and feelings I have. I hope this record is a true landmark for Northwest country music.

3) What are your plans and goals for 2018?
I am SO excited that my Sweet Whiskey EP is finally released. My biggest goal in 2018 is to take my music nationwide. I would love to get picked up as an opener on a large tour and really cut my teeth on the road. In the meantime, I am planning on arranging a series of tours throughout the year, kicking it off in January with a Cabo, Mexico residency. I just can’t wait to hit the road and keep the celebration going with all my fans, country listeners, and music lovers nationwide. - Seattle Music Insider


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On Sweet Whiskey, Seattle, WA country artist (you read that right) Miller Campbell has boldly declared her intent to claim a prominent place in the canon of western music. It would serve us all well to take Ms. Campbell at her word. Armed with a voice at turns clear and bright as high mountain air and round, warm, and rough in all the right places, Campbell sings with a natural assuredness usually only found in artists with decades of experience. She gets it honest, but almost never got here at all.

Born into a musical family (Miller is Glen Campbell's cousin), she grew up a classically trained musician steeped in musical theater. A statuesque natural redhead, Campbell soon grew tired of being told she was too striking for the chorus line and started singing at open mic nights while in college. “At this point I didn't even know my history with Glen and that side of the family. I was drawn to country music as the songwriting style was so similar to musical theater.”

With a fake I.D. and big dreams, Campbell immersed in the Seattle music scene. At nineteen she formed a band called Twisted Dixie and things started to go their way in a big way. “We were HOT in the Seattle scene” laughs Campbell. They played huge venues, casinos, rodeos and were soon selling out in their home town. While writing their first LP Campbell got some unexpected news. “I learned that I had a fatal condition that demanded immediate double jaw surgery” she explains. Campbell was put on a liquid diet and wasn’t allowed to speak for eighteen months. Unsure if she’d ever be able to sing again, she focused on songwriting and her classes, graduating the University of Washington with two degrees and honors at 21.

After graduation Campbell was recruited by the C.I.A. Two weeks before she was scheduled to deploy to Ankara, Turkey she came to the realization she just couldn’t imagine a life not suffused with music and quit. She got a sales job, and, overachiever that she is, was soon made national director. Crisscrossing the country on business, Campbell dropped in on open mics whenever she could.

Trying to find more time for music, Campbell posted an online ad. Within a week she was called in for what she thought was a backup vocalist role. Upon arriving she discovered it was for a backup guitarist position. Knowing only one cover on guitar (Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), she gave it her best – and got the gig. She quit her job, got bought a new guitar, and spent 10 hours a day learning how to be a real player.

The tour fell through, yet the experience inspired Campbell. With the encouragement of her brother John she struck out on her own as a solo artist. A month after she made that choice John Campbell died unexpectedly from an irregular heartbeat. “He was autistic, and my absolute soulmate” relates Campbell. “He was the life and soul of the project, and the only reason I began work on this record. Without his encouragement, belief, and memory, I just can't imagine having the courage to do this. The song “One Step” is written in his memory.”

Written in Battleground, WA and Nashville, TN, Campbell rounded up a crew of star players to help bring her vision to life, including Tim Hanseroth (Brandi Carlile), Harrison Yount (Kacey Musgraves), blues artist Amber Sweeney, and Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore). The record was recorded with producer Geoff Ott (3 Doors Down, Ra Scion) at London Bridge Studio in Seattle, WA. “It was extremely important to me to record in WA” says Campbell. “I want to show the world what country music in the PNW is really all about!”

Campbell pulls no punches in the honesty of her art. “I hope that people get a genuine feel for who I am from this record” she says. “It truly follows the story of my last year and a half, which I think is something a lot of modern records lack. Above all, I hope I can make a name for country music in the Northwest. We have incredible talent, and our own unique story to tell.”

Campbell and her bands first show was in January 2017, and once again it looks like our heroine is on the way to achieving her vision. From festivals and rodeos, to country bars and honky-tonks, fans are giving themselves over to an artist that writes form the heart and sings from her very soul. Take a spin with some Sweet Whiskey and you just might get swept away as well.   

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