Here are a couple of comments that I just received from a new friend at FB, Martin Cayford...
"Hey, Reggie, I've been hearing lots of R&B this summer, at the Mt. Baker Festival in Bellingham, around Snohomish, and on my summer travels. I still haven't found a performer more impressive than you! I love your expression, your fat slide, your saw, your whole schtick. Reggie, you make music wonderful. Thank you. See ya around."
"You blew me out of the water at Brava's, kept me an admirer at the Hawthorne and I keep hearing your music around on recording at the 907 and elsewhere. There's lots of local talent in Snohomish and you're the best I've heard! You friggin' rock!"
Wow! Thank you Martin!!
Here's a partial list of festivals and venues that have hosted my musical efforts. Please note, that this list does not include private and public special events.
A Contemporary Theater, AllegroFest, Brad's Swingside Cafe, Bumbershoot, Cafe Racer, Conor Byrne's Pub, Doc Maynards, Egan's Ballard Jam House, HempFest, Highway 99 Blues Club, Hilbo's, Jokum Fest, Moisture Festival, Murphy's Pub, NW Folklife Festival, Pike Place Market Buskers Festival, Pike Place Market Street Festival, Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack, The Dubliner, The Fiddler's Inn, The Fremont Fair, The Hop Vine, The J&M Cafe, The Latona Pub, The Moore Theater, The Old Peculiar, The Owl & Thistle, The Pike Place Market, The Pioneer Square Fire Festival, The Pioneer Square Tavern, The Salmon Bay Eagles, The Seattle Art Museum, The Snow Train, The Tractor Tavern, The University District Street Fair,
Alligator Soul, The Anchor Pub, Old Strokers, The Ebey Island Freedom Fest, The Everett Public Library Auditorium, The Everett Theater, The Prohibition Grill,
Venues and Festivals throughout WA...
Bob's Keg & Cork - Yakima, Grants Brew Pub - Yakima, Yakima Valley Folk Festival - Yakima, Art In The Park - Monroe, The Acoustic Connection - Monroe, The Oxford Tavern - Snohomish, The Taste of Music - Snohomish, Wired & Unplugged - Snohomish, The Masonic Hall - Port Townsend, Port Townsend Steam Punk Festival - Port Townsend, Sirens - Port Townsend, The Duvall Tavern - Duvall, Pumps & Grinds - Duvall, The Other Side of the Tracks - Auburn, The Heritage Festival - Redmond, The Breadline Cafe - Omak, The Puyallup Fair - Puyallup, The Crossroads - Bellevue, The Conway Muse - Conway, Cafe Pinceau - Mukilteo, Jazz In The Valley - Ellensburg, The Mandolin Cafe - Tacoma, The 1890s - La Conner, The La Conner Music & Art Festival - La Conner, The Index Arts Festival - Index, Tacoma Old Town Blues Festival - Tacoma, The Roslyn Winter Blues Fest - Roslyn, Gold Dust Days - Gold Bar, Sliders Cafe - Carnation, Chalet Arts Theater Showcase - Enumclaw, The Lincoln Theater - Mount Vernon, The Mount Baker Blues Fest - Deming, Suncadia Resort - Cle Elum, Grangestock - North Bend, The First Annual Okanogan County Folk Fest - Chesaw, The Chesaw Tavern,
And beyond ...
Knights of Pythias Hall - Kalispell, MT, Oregon Country Fair - Eugene, OR, Del Mundo Street Theater Festival - Maasmechelen, Belgium, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans, LA, The Unusual Musical Instruments Festival - Hinton, WV, The Nine Of Cups - Tulsa, OK
It really wasn't my fault! I had a signed agreement with the owner to play the show tonight. As it sometimes happens, and thankfully, in my case, it has rarely happened to me in the last three decades, my date to play tonight at The Anchor Pub in Everett, WA was suddenly cancelled by the owner of the venue. Sad that this happened just two days before I was scheduled to be there and sadder still, that I had already spent the time/energy to create and deliver a poster for the event, and post the event to a handful of websites like RN
Instead, a band was invited to cover the evening's entertainment. From what I can determine, via the evidence available, I was actually invited to cover this date before the owner then changed their mind or simply forgot and invited the band that was favored with tonight's date. Yes, overburdened venue owners can and do make mistakes in their decisions regarding bookings and in this case, I believe that I came out on the short end of that process.
Would I book another date at this venue after what just happened? Hmmm, I'll have to think about that for a while. If I did, my decision would definitely come with conditions attached.
WOOHOO!! I'm number two! "The Third Story Of The Sawmill by The Infected Termite Ensemble" now ranks #2 in Electronic Noise, out of 7,575 at SoundClick!
My song post, "The Third Story Of The Sawmill by The Infected Termite Ensemble" is now ranked #4 in Noise, out of 7,594 songs at SoundClick!
In honor of the spirits that we recognize on Halloween, I thought you might be willing to give ear to one of the most frightening interludes of recorded audio that I've ever heard. It was captured 'live', as field recording. This recording is based on a 30" Mussehl & Westphal musical saw being bowed in its third harmonic octave.
When heard without the digital enhancement applied to this passage, via sound guru Phil Erb, the sound created in this demonstration is rather high pitched. It is, in fact, too high for many to consider it a pleasant listening experience. However, Phil's genius allowed him to discover, reveal and release what, most definitely, are the spirits within, enabling their true nature to be heard and felt by others. Without a doubt, this is evidence as to why some listeners find the exercising of this curious musical folk art such a truly disturbing experience.
Listen if you dare, but be forewarned, this is not something for the faint of heart. This is very, VERY real! This sound file was not digitally manipulated into existence via some sound studio. Phil merely enhanced what was actually recorded 'live'.
Many claim to be able to record otherworldly creatures dwelling among us via video, still images, and/or audio devices. There are lots of TV shows, with camera crews creeping through darkened rooms, hunting spirits, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. From what I've seen of these, it's just a bunch of bad acting, without any actual proof being offered to viewers.
I have no doubt, whatsoever, that what Phil actually documented in this recording is proof, beyond any shadow, as to the evidence of their existence. The existence of what? Call them what you will, spirits, ghosts, demons, but whatever you call them, know that, to pretend that they don't exist is a mistake.
It is said that the eyes are the windows to one's soul but know that, the ears are the pathway to one's heart. Know then, that what lurks within this anti-melodic sound file will chill your bones, make your blood run cold and set your heart to pounding!
Do not listen to this audio file while under the influence of excessive alcohol consumption, herbal and/or chemical inhalants, illegal narcotics and/or over the counter medications that might leave you in an altered state of awareness. Do not listen to this file alone! Should something untoward happen while listening to this file, dial 911 and seek immediate medical assistance!
By listening to this file you agree to hold the person who posted it blameless, regarding any hazardous and/or detrimental consequences which might arise as a result of your exposure to it.
So, you might ask, If exposure to this file could cause harm to those listening to it, why post this here? Why risk it? I post this file as proof that, though we may not be aware of the reality of their existence, in fact, these creatures do exist all around us. They are able to make themselves heard in ways that we are not yet able to fully comprehend.
Lest any of you imagine that I'm making this up, as some kind of Halloween trick or treat stunt. Know this. The shocking truth of the matter is, I am the one that Phil recorded! I, therefore, do solemnly swear as to the validity of the content of this sound file.
In closing, I would urge each and every one of you to tread lightly on your path through this life, so as not to disturb those spirits that live side by side with us in this journey.
This recording is dedicated to the digital sound artist that made this discovery, Phil Erb, who tragically took his life in early December of 2011.
I play a little harmonica to accompany some of my bottleneck slide stuff but I have nowhere near the technical expertise that a great many others display. Take my latest upload at ReverbNation "Cool Driver" for example. Kim Field is doing the singing and trades some very sweet harp lines along with another outstanding harp player on this recording, Joe Filisko. I'm offering some of my 'Nobro' resophonic bottleneckin' in the background for these two fabulous harp players. This was recorded 'live' at the 2012 Ebey Island Freedom Fest (9/2/12) a private party hosted by World Champion harmonica player Jim McLaughlin. Enjoy!
"An absolute full bodied, dig down deep vocal and guitar..."
"Miles growls, but the diction is solid and clear. The recording is clean. Miles' hesitations and pulse are a marvel and a trademark that distinguishes his work above most solo blues practitioners in the country."
"Hands Full Of Blues" he makes the overwhelming feeling something that reaches into your gut. You can see those blue notes fall off Reggie Miles' hands."
"The double meaning "Makin' Bacon" is a hoot..."
"Big Joe Williams' "Baby Please Don't Go" Miles takes this real slow, more like a field holler with his creative slide voicing. One of the most original interpretations of this classic blues gem. Shows a whole new side to this song."
"On another Big Joe Williams hit, "Highway 51 Blues" he opens with a train rhythm on guitar and then joined by Sonny Terry-like harmonica building the lonely whistle highway call. Then the slide guitar begins to jump onboard. Miles begins this singing, almost talking, and then the gutsy gravel, always with clear diction and control of the lyric."
"Everyone has a great laugh with Miles' "It's The Slide Of Your Size" as he struts, walks almost arrogantly... Classic Miles having fun, but oh so musically."
"This was recorded live. Miles' very large persona does come through on recording much like it does on stage. He is a commensurate entertainer and skilled craftsman, particularly in the blues guitar, singing and harmonica that is delivered here live. For Blues lovers, it just doesn't get much better than this collection."
Chris Lunn Ancient Victorys News Volume 5, Issue3 - Fall 2012
As a musical entertainer/artist, the competition one encounters while sharing one's talents with listeners online can be one of the most challenging aspects about the pursuit. It's especially sweet to discover one's efforts have reaped a level of success in that field of endeavor. This morning, I checked my SoundClick page
to find the following rankings on a couple of my songs posted there...
Mournin' Blues # 275 in Blues out of 49,584 songs # 28 in Acoustic Blues out of 1,302 songs
The Saw Spangled Banner # 766 in Electronic out of 320,944 songs # 57 in Experimental Sounds out of 31,717 songs
Who'd a thunk, that a guy fingerpickin' bottleneck blues with a guitar made out of repurposed garage sale junk and bowing a hand saw, could compete with tens of thousands of other acts, from all over the world, and rank so highly? I must be doing something right! Thanks for listenin'!!!!!
On June 13th I received an email informing me that Phil Erb, a man whose explorations into digital sound manipulation are unsurpassed, had tragically taken his own life in early December of 2011. Phil was a friend of mine. We met at the Pike Place Market. Phil happened upon me while I was playing on the street and from the moment we met, we each found common ground in our sharing of mutual interests.
We each shared a unique exploration of bell-like sounds. My explorations are primarily acoustic and intuitive in nature, playing music by bowing my saw blade. The saw blade being little more than a large flat bell.
Phil's exploring carried his musical passions into the digital realm where he manipulated acoustic captures. His incredible creativity in the digital realm was due, in no small part, from his unique background as a programmer and hardware designer. Phil's thorough knowledge of signal analysis and computer programming languages allowed him to develop his own software with which to make his music. These attributes allowed him the fluency to freely explore the digital realm with an understanding that few, if any, others possess.
Phil was fascinated with my musical saw playing. He captured a few pieces of my saw playing on the street at The Pike Place Market and re-expressed them from his own unique perspective.
Phil's interpretations are imho modern masterpieces of sound manipulation, unlike anything I've ever heard being offered by anyone, anywhere. I will be featuring all of the sound files that Phil developed of my saw playing on each of my online websites at EZ Folk, ReverbNation, SoundClick, SoundCloud, BandCamp, Uvumi, OurStage... You can Google my name to explore these sites and more.
Phil recorded one very unusual piece, of me offering tones in the third harmonic octave of my pre-1970s 30" Mussehl and Westphal musical saw blade. He then applied his magic to the passage and he called the result, "The Third Story of the Sawmill by The Infected Termite Ensemble". It is one of the spookiest pieces of sound I've ever heard.
Phil's work with sound seemed perfectly suited to movie sound tracks but unfortunately, he never managed to make the connections and contacts that he needed to make that path a reality. Sadly, shortly before he died, he deleted, 3500 files, ten years worth of his musical work. Only a few examples of his genius are left in existence.
May his soul find peace.
I just checked my SoundClick site http://www.soundclick.com/reggiemiles and found that my song "Another Lover" was ranked #18 among 1,240 songs in the Acoustic Blues charts! That's in the top 1.4%! Sweet! Very sweet!! And check the ranking of two of my other songs posted there, "The Devil", in the top .4% and "The Third Story of the Sawmill" among the top 1.8%!! I must be doing something right!!!
Another Lover # 167 in Blues out of 48,736 songs # 18 in Acoustic Blues out of 1,240 songs The Devil # 515 in Acoustic out of 148,336 songs # 136 in Acoustic General out of 33,232 songs Third Story of the Sawmill # 7,369 in Instrumentals out of 1,633,787 songs # 395 in Film Music out of 21,069 songs ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thanks for listenin'!