Johnny Miles is a prolific and unpredictable writing-recording-performing artist based out of Philadelphia. Drawing deeply from the classic American traditions of country, folk, blues and rock & roll, filtered through his own unique sensibilities, Miles creates contemporary 21st century snapshots of life, love and loss that are at once familiar and yet altogether fresh, new and exciting.
On stage his performances can range from solo fingerpicked acoustic storytelling to the smashing crashing snot-nosed garage rock assault of backing band “the Knocked Out Colds”, to the fully fleshed out and versatile brand of rock and roll created by his most steady collaborators “the Waywards”.
Johnny Miles & the Waywards have made appearances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Bethlehem Musikfest, the XPoNential Music Festival, World Cafe Live, Johnny Brendas and the Kimmel Center to name a few. Their records have found champions in regional radio, most notably Philly’s own 88.5 WXPN where their 2010 album “When The Saints Sleep” was named “Best Of”, Johnny was a guest on the legendary “Leicht Lunch” with Helen Leicht and the band was featured in a “Key Studio Sessions” taping.
Johnny is currently on tour in support of his third full-length (and 2nd with the Waywards) entitled “Lost Treasure Found”, released April 2012 on the artist’s own independent label Tree Records. This latest release features perhaps his most beautiful work to date: upright bass, pedal steel and strings swirl around harmonies, waltzes and pristine ambience. With a relentless pace and work ethic, Miles gives the impression that he’s only just begun, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned from his award-winning songwriting and performances thusfar, it’s this: expect the unexpected!