Big John Mills, Texas legend and guitar virtuoso, began playing guitar at age 6. By age 16, Mills was earning a living as a highly sought-after guitarist and session musician.
Mills was raised in Texas, living in most every part of the state and ultimately growing up in Deer Park. Mills studied music at East Texas State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business in 1982.
The definitive Texas player, Mills played on over 80 records in 2005. His work on Jimmy Kaiser’s “I’m Gone” earned him his first Texas Music Award as Musician of the Year in 2006. He won Musician of the Year 2008 for his own CD, “THAT: Tributes, Heartaches and Texas.” In 2010, Mills was once again recognized for his work on Dewey Wayne’s “Here for the Music”, by being awarded the Musician of the Year award for the third time. Mills has three CDs to date: “Big John Mills” (1998), “Honky Tonks and Neon Lights” (2003), which was the first self-released CD by an independent artist to hit the Americana Top 10, and “THAT: Tributes Heartaches and Texas.” His fourth CD is currently in production.
An engaging and electrifying performer and showman, Mills calls his expertly played music “Texacountryswingbluesicana” and those who have heard him at venues throughout Texas cannot argue that his natural-born expertise in each musical style makes his compositions – different at any given show, depending on mood and karma – riveting and utterly amazing. Guitar-playing skill like Big John’s does not often accompany such deft and wise songwriting and phrasing, but Big John is the whole package. His original rocking and rollicking song, “Spicy Chicken,” is the theme song for the Texas Music Awards. His great original songwriting has earned him the respect of his peers and the devotion of legions of fans around Texas, across the country and in Europe.