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"REVIEW: The Jeremy Miller Band – Way Too Fast"


The beautiful acoustic guitar chords being played at the beginning of the song “Lil Bit,” by The Jeremy Miller Band, are a good sign that we are about to hear a great song, although I would say it ends a lil’ too soon. That said, the Austin, Texas-based quartet delivers the goods.

Miller, singing lead, with the help of background vocalist Beverly Hensley, offers a convincing vocal performance against the rootsy, jangly backdrop. That’s Sonny Bihl on the guitar and he is one of the best ax-men I’ve heard come out of the Texas/Red Dirt scene.

But that’s only one of the 10 tracks on the JMB’s album Way Too Fast, produced by Keith Davis, an extremely talented guy who also plays guitar for the Scott Wiggins Band and has an ear for a good melody and tip-top songwriting.

The Jeremy Miller Band includes Miller singing and playing guitar, Bihl on lead guitar, Seth Tobin on bass and drums by Miles Stone. While they do perform primarily in Texas, they do make it north of the Red River from time-to-time.

The title track, which has a bit of a melancholy country-rock vibe that brings to mind some of the work done by the aforementioned Scott Wiggins Band and Amarillo’s Tommy Gallagher Band, has a almost 80’s-era Heartland rock sound. Again, Bihl’s guitar work is brilliant here as it is on most of these songs.

“Take A Look,” with it’s country-fied guitars and confidence, showcases a group that is willing to step out a little, particularly with that Hammond B-3 performance by guest musician Thumper Childers.

Embracing a more straightforward rock song format on “Life I Lead,” Miller takes us on a journey to the seedier side of life as the guy in his song struggles with drugs and more.

The emotions are really exposed on the downbeat “Cry” which is a song that folks who are fans of Cory Morrow, the Cody Gill Band and similar Texas/Red Dirt bands and singers.

The JMB really loves a good barn-burnin’ rocker as evidenced on “No More.” This one, with Bihl’s smokin’ guitar solo, is probably better suited in a live dancehall/club environment. But it still works well on disc.

As you work towards the latter half of the album, the songs even get more interesting. “Reckless” is an example. With it’s appealing Hammond organ bed, rootsy acoustic/electric guitars and plaintive vocals, Miller and the band really grab your attention.

More of that sound is represented on “Getting Away.”

Wrapping up Way Too Fast is “17 Wheels.” This is a sober country-rocker with a sad story to share. Very much in that Drive-By Truckers vein, with some pretty piano chords inserted by guest pianist Childers.

The Jeremy Miller Band has proven, on Way Too Fast, that they have earned the right to be heard on Texas/Red Dirt radio and beyond.

- RED DIRT REPORT


"Review: The Jeremy Miller Band "Way Too Fast""

Lone Star Music: R. Simeon Franks…Sometimes bands fly under my personal radar like a treetop-clipping smugglers plane flying stealthily through the fog. I wish I had discovered them sooner, but better a little late than never. “Way Too Fast” is tightly arranged and insightfully delivered with a smile of self-assurance that you are on the right dirt road and headed toward a good time. It’s a solid piece of work from the very first notes of the opening title song to the last refrain of the sad closer “17 Wheels.” What’s more, the four talented musicians in the band just happen to be the genuinely nice guys you can’t help but want to pull for. They deserve to be heard and they deserve an honest shot at a long, successful career on the Texas scene and beyond. Do yourself a favor, like I finally did, and catch up to The Jeremy Miller Band and Way Too Fast. You’ll be glad you did.


- Lone Star Music Magazine


"Review: The Jeremy Miller Band "Way Too Fast""

Cut from the same cloth as Red Dirt rockers like Reckless Kelley and Cory Morrow, The Jeremy Miller Band comes out of the gate like seasoned veterans with Way Too Fast. It really is amazing to know this is their self-released freshman effort.
The tunes kick off with the driving title track. It’s a half-ballad, half-rocker that sets the pace and the there. These songs are about losing, loving and leaving. Typical country fodder, but these guys have a little different twist. Lyrically and musically this album is on par with the guys in the big leagues.
“Sorry” is a powerful ballad about the end of a relationship. The unapologetic “Life I Lead” is a snapshot into Miller’s world. “Lil Bit” is a beautiful duet with Beverly Hensley.
The Chuck Berry infused rocker “No More” is a funny little ditty about being on the deserving end of the cold shoulder. With lyrics like “I probably never meant it when I said, your best girlfriend was better in bed. Baby don’t you love me no more?”
But to me the standout track on this album is the final one. “17 Wheels” is the story of a trucker who was part of a horrific accident caused by a flat tire. “You can’t stop 17 Wheels from rolling, when the 18th is on the ground”
I really dug this CD. There isn’t a song I don’t like between the 10 tracks. They’ve got that Red Dirt sound down well, Miller’s voice is just the right tinge of whiskey stained and he lyrics are framed within the country/rock/jam music played by guitarist Sonny Bihl and bassist Seth Tobin.
Take a listen to it yourself at www.thejeremymillerband.com. You can also see where to catch them live from there as well.
-Sean Claes, Insite Magazine
- Insite Magazine


"Review: The Jeremy Miller Band "Way Too Fast""

The talented Austin, Texas musicians who make up The Jeremy Miller Band chose the perfect title for their new album "Way Too Fast." That's because the album's ten songs prove these country boys are going places - fast.

The album begins with the title track "Way Too Fast," a rockin' Red Dirt anthem with major country radio chart potential. The song, which is reminiscent of the best tracks of Cross Canadian Ragweed and Reckless Kelly, sets a positive tone for the album, and it's followed by the even better "Take A Look." This breezy, reflective song offers great lyrics, a memorable melody and a positive life lesson. The next cut "Sorry" also strikes the right balance of emotion and passionate intensity to make it a winner.

The Jeremy Miller Band have covered all its bases on "Way Too Fast." There's something for everyone. For instance, "17 Wheels" is a heartfelt cut that has a Randy Rogers vibe. "Reckless" is a powerful, feel-good gem that deserves to be a Texas Country chart topper. The production and instrumentation on "Reckless" is also flawless, and it's the best track on the album.

The lyrics of every Jeremy Miller Band song tell a story. "Life I Lead" chronicles the problems that come with drugs and alcohol while "Lil Bit" provides classic country vocal harmonies in the form of compelling story in song. The exceptional "Cry" is a truly beautiful love letter to the woman he loves. The cut builds to a rousing crescendo with a superb guitar solo. Indeed, guitarist Sonny Bihl and bass player Seth Tobin deserve special kudos for outstanding musicianship throughout the entire album.

Let's face it, the members of the Jeremy Miller Band probably only reluctantly let us see the more intimate side of their personalities on tracks like "Cry." What they really want to do is rock a concert hall, and it shows with "No More." This hard-pumping track can't help but bring smiles and infectious toe-tapping to any audience lucky enough to hear it live.

The upbeat, Wade Bowen-style "Getting Away" does a good job of combining all the elements that make The Jeremy Miller Band a successful musical group. The tune is upbeat, the lyrics address a love-hate relationship, the melody is memorable and the vocals are impeccable. "Getting Away" should be more popular with Texas radio than Miller Lite at a Dallas Cowboys game.

The Jeremy Miller Band have crafted a deeply personal, rockin' Texas country album that should be on the shelf of any person who calls himself a Red Dirt fan. "Way Too Fast" is way too good to be overlooked. CountryChart.com - Country Chart


Discography

Way Too Fast - Debut Album Release
Way Too Fast, Reckless, No More, Take a Look - Receiving Local, Regional and Internation Radio Play

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“The Jeremy Miller Band should be more popular with Texas radio than Miller Lite at a Dallas Cowboys game. They have crafted a deeply personal, rockin' Texas country album that should be on the shelf of any person who calls himself a Red Dirt fan. "Way Too Fast" is way too good to be overlooked.” - CountryChart.com

Formed in 2006, the Jeremy Miller Band is Austin’s latest and most intriguing contribution to a booming Red Dirt scene. The native Texas quartet belts out a raw, gritty, uncompromising blend of pure country and power rock, placing them in the same tier as contemporaries Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers, Reckless Kelly, Brandon Rhyder, Roger Creager, Bleu Edmondson and even Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Steered by the band’s namesake, singer/songwriter/guitarist and industry newcomer Jeremy Miller leads with a throaty yet soulful voice, lyrics both introspective and straight-forward, and solid, accessible songs. Bassist Seth Tobin accentuates the southern vibe with precise, tasteful and moving bass lines. Sonny Bihl's work on lead guitar features hard-hitting riffs and jaw-dropping solos that rival any guitar slinger in any genre. With an energetic and spontaneous live show, the Jeremy Miller Band is a force to be reckoned with in the Red Dirt scene.

JMB is a regular to the Southwestern region, playing over 100 shows a year, including performances at notable Austin venues Momo’s, The Nutty Brown and La Zona Rosa, as well as top notch clubs like The Executive Surf Club (Corpus Christi), Adair’s (Dallas) and Longhorn’s (Manhattan, Kansas). 2010 was highlighted with the closing spot at the Brew B Que 4th of July, festival with some of the biggest names in Texas music.
“Cut from the same cloth as Red Dirt rockers like Reckless Kelley and Cory Morrow, The Jeremy Miller Band comes out of the gate like seasoned veterans with Way Too Fast. It really is amazing to know this is their self-released freshman effort… There isn’t a song I don’t like between the 10 tracks. They’ve got that Red Dirt sound down well, Miller’s voice is just the right tinge of whiskey stained and his lyrics are framed within the country/rock/jam music played by guitarist Sonny Bihl and bassist Seth Tobin.” – Sean Claes, Insite Magazine

In August 2009, the band released their debut album, Way Too Fast, to critical acclaim. Produced by Texas guitar legend Keith Davis (Bonnie Bishop, The Scott Wiggins Band, Barnhill), and recorded at the Zone Studios in Dripping Springs (Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen, The Dixie Chicks), the Jeremy Miller Band has crafted a solid release of heartfelt ballads, swinging two-steppers and no-holds-barred rockers. Highlighted by the eponymous single, Way Too Fast, that will put you on that Texas highway with your windows down and your radio up.

The Jeremy Miller Band is an editor’s pick on www.indiemusic.com, having three singles on the Country Chart Top 10, with “Way Too Fast” peaking at #3. They have appeared on numerous radio and TV spots, and have secured radio play in several small and large markets. The Jeremy Miller Band has sold successfully within and outside of the southwestern region while also obtaining international distribution, all as a self-funded, independent act.

With all the elements of success in its possession, the Jeremy Miller Band is a breakout group that is a must-see attraction in the southwest region. Keep an eye out for the Jeremy Miller Band as they gear up to take their show into your town.

“The talented Austin, Texas musicians who make up The Jeremy Miller Band chose the perfect title for their new album "Way Too Fast." That's because the album's ten songs prove these country boys are going places - fast…The Jeremy Miller Band can't help but bring smiles and infectious toe-tapping to any audience lucky enough to hear them live.” - CountryChart.com