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“05/27/2013 Scottie Brings Minnesota Charm to Blues Week If you like the Blues, and you missed Blues week in St Louis -- and especially the performances over the weekend near Soldiers' Memorial- SHAME on you. You missed a good time and good music. I arrived late yesterday. But I came in time to see the Scottie Miller band. I was treated to some upbeat Blues (oxymoron? I thnk not) from a band form the headwaters of the Mississippi in MN. They specialized in more ragtime, boogie woogie, and even funk - led by Scottie's piano with a Dr John , or dare I say Screamin' Jay hawkins overtones. Scottie also had a midwestern friendly banter going with the audience which I think was endearing to them. 2013-05-26_18-47-38_345 Highlights for me were songs like East St. Louis - kind of a whimsical journey through the perceived dangers of the town at night. It also had tones reminiscent of Cab Calloway's famous Minnie the Moocher. Another tune I remember was Cry Me a River, written with”

“Mark your calendar now for the Dec. 13 CD release party by Minneapolis’ Scottie Miller. Miller’s new disc, Rise Up, is excellent. It showcases his original music that mixes New Orleans keyboard funk, blues, rock and Americana. Miller’s “day job” is playing keys in Ruthie Foster’s band. The 21st Saloon blues shows happen 5:30-8:30 p.m.”

“Scottie Miller: Rise Up (Independent) "Some of us know Mr. Miller as the keyboard player for the great Ruthie Foster Band, but few of us know his ability to rise up and shine on his own. The title track (and first cut) ‘Rise Up‘ states flatly that we need to rise up, join together and be as one as one united nation. Thrilling and quite poignant words, with a steady beat and soulful background vocals by Jennifer Grim make this an anthem for the future of us all. Mr. Miller is much at ease with whatever style he takes on. ‘On My Way’ features Dr. John styled vocals and subtle yet complex piano work that adds to the second line feel of this track. In the next instance on ‘Grace’ he utilizes a bowed upright bass, nylon stringed acoustic and some piano to create a song-prayer that is beautiful and sincere. One which is delivered with a haunting clarity that sets the scene of the road and life’s crazy hectic pace and our need for a safe haven..." ”

“SCOTTIE MILLER BAND - "RISE UP" (CD RELEASE) "What a great way to be introduced to a dozen new songs by hearing them live first; it truly adds a live feel whenever you pop in the cd. The extremely talented songwriting skills of Scottie is evident throughout the array of new material and shows up immediately in the opening title cut, “Rise Up” with its’ timely message. Clever lyrics are the perfect accompaniment to the funky beat of “On My Way”. Cruz playing acoustic guitar and Miller on dobro is a highlight in the spirited “Take Me Home”. A nice rockin’ “Let Your Soul Shine” gives you a slice of Americana, John Hiatt style. Rowe gets as low as he can, going right down to the bridge and dragging a bow across the strings on his stand-up bass starting off the beautiful ballad “Grace”. Scottie follows with the reason he’s a favorite in Minnesota, as he pays tribute to our solid foundation with “Home Town”. What a fun little number “Until the End of Days””

“SCOTTIE MILLER AT MSU "Scottie’s piano talents seem unlimited as he can romp through a barrelhouse rhythm at one moment and shift gears to a soulful ballad the next. Some times he does it in the same song, thanks to a superb rhythm section with Mark O’Day keeping time, and Kevin Rowe adding the depth with an upright bass, which the double bassist started the night off by using a bow to get the heavy low tone. All night long they provided a flawless accompaniment to what ever style the maestro threw at them. The ideal supplement to Scottie’s Steinway was the skillful guitar, mandolin and dobro playing of Joe Cruz. He can take you through any number of genres, ranging from blues, country and funk to jazz and flamenco. Playing a steel guitar, lap fashion, Cruz could bend the notes to the point where I could have sworn there was a horn section somewhere in the auditorium; quite remarkable. The melding of all this talent had my feet tapping the whole evening..."”

“Scottie starts his 2nd WA tour (within the last year) off in Scarborough at the Indi Bar on Friday 6th January before headlining the Wignalls Vintage Blues Music Festival in Albany the following evening on Jan 7th. Sunday night 8th Jan he’s at... For the first four gigs Scottie will be joined by local Perth musicians Ace Follington (Drummer) and Roy McDaniel (Bass) – Ace and Roy are part of Dave Hole’s band. Scottie has an extensive resume that includes studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, multiple appearances on the Legendary Blues Cruise, being a finalist at the International Blues Challenge, as well as personal recommendations from the likes of Johnnie Johnson and Grammy Award winner Pinetop Perkins. With (5) self released albums to his credit and a brand new 2011 DVD release, Scottie’s Barrelhouse Blues, New Orleans funk, Jazz and Soul show arrives for a second time in Western Australia where worldwide praise and critical reviews will now include Australia as”

““Following on his own hot shows, Scottie Miller performs fresh from touring with Ruthie Foster at West Coast Blues n’ Roots. Scottie brings his very own smokin’ band for a night of top class blues. These cats are world class and are not to be missed!””

X-Press Magazine

“Scottie Miller has a soulful way of writing and delivering a song that will improve your mood and lighten your load. His new release, Elixir For The Soul, as the name implies, is almost medicinal. Formerly Bo Diddley’s pianist, Scottie divides his time between playing solo, fronting the Scottie Miller Band, and touring with the Grammy-nominated Ruthie Foster(whom he recently played with at West Coast Blues N’ Roots). He’s the complete package:  well-written tunes sung with heart and commitment, from gut-bucket blues to funk to dynamic soul to elegant jazz, showing over and over how music can be, and often is, the best tonic around. (comment’s from local media); “It was a great shame that Ruthie Foster's band featuring Scottie Miller on keyboards was on so early at the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Fremantle.” “Those who caught this sensational performance will no doubt come back for more to see Scottie at Perth Blues Club...”

Warren Humphrys - Perth Blues Club

“Monterey Jazz Festival - Ruthie Foster Family Band Ruthie Foster got right to the point in her mid-afternoon set on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Garden Stage. “I like to mix my blues with my gospel!” she shouted, and mix them she did in an exceptional set that brought an overflow crowd to its feet multiple times and raised the bar for this year’s festival to dizzying heights. But while Foster could have sung a cappella and enthralled the audience, her killer band added even more juice, forging uplifting grooves with a soulful sweep and a Texas twang. Foster’s jangly acoustic guitar made excellent counterpoint to Hadden Sayers’ tough electric and Tanya Richardson’s solid yet nimble work on 5-string bass. Scottie Miller had a barroom swing on piano and brought the gravy on organ, while Samantha Banks drove the ensemble ever higher with her forceful drumming. But beyond the skill and power of the musicians lay another secret to this band’s success on the Monterey stage:”

““Scottie Miller is a world class lyricist with working class sensibilities. He sings from the heart with old school soul and plays the funkiest New Orleans piano this side of Dr. John. This cat’s got the goods!””

"The Blues Hound" - KPFT FM - Houston, TX

““The musical influence or New Orleans rhythm and blues extends far north of the Mason-Dixon Line - in fact, all the way up to Minnesota’s Twin Cities, home base for blues pianist Scottie Miller (a.k.a. Scottie “Bones” Miller, not to be confused with the frontman of the Loud Family). Miller fronts his own eponymous group and has spent time on the road with Bo Diddley and others, and he incorporates a number of the Crescent City’s characteristic trickerations - and what Jelly Roll Morton called “the Spanish tinge” - into his fast-fingered keyboard work, alongside the expected Chicago blues and boogie-woogie influences. Miller is also a capable singer and tunesmith, with a well-paced live show that moves seamlessly through a variety of moods and funky grooves.”

Dean Minderman - Riverfront Times - St Louis, MO

““Minneapolis-based pianist and singer Scottie Miller submits a solo set of piano-vocal arrangements dedicated to masters such as Otis Spann. “Livin’ Between The Black ‘n White (self-release) sounds fabulous and full. Understated, soulful vocals are the icing on the cake – Miller plays with power, finesse, and imagination, reworking material as diverse as Amos Milburn’s “Bad Bad Whiskey” and Earl King’s funky “It All Went Down the Drain” and successfully translating material from guitarists Lonnie Johnson and Lowell Fulson to the keyboard. A rollicking “Keep Your Hands Out of My Pocket” and a heartfelt take on Big Maceo’s Worried Life Blues” make up a mid-playlist high point. Three Miller originals hold up admirably to the high standards of his heroes. Highly recommended”.”

Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine

““As a promoter you dream of bands like this. What a treat for everyone! Scottie and the boys left ‘em sweaty and hollering for more.””

Michael Jankovec - Boundary Waters Blues Fest - Boundary Waters Blues Festival - Ely MN

““Scottie Miller & The Re-Uptake Inhibitors dig satisfyingly into Southern soul, slow blues and a bit of Latin/Caribbean jazz on their self-released '”Elixir For The Soul'”. The project is dominated by dramatic ballads and greasy funk. Under the fingers of Minneapolis keyboard ace Miller, the welcome retro sounds of Clavinet and Fender Rhodes in addition to Piano and Hammond organ, lend varied textures to the Inhibitors' superbad grooves. Sounds like Dr. John meets The Band at Bruce Springsteen's house”. ”

Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine

“As a mainly classical piano player, I have never been good at playing from lead sheets or improvising. I have a few of the other books in this series and find them all great! Scott Miller is a wonderful composer and teacher and has a very similar style to Mark Harrison (another composer in this series). This book includes important information about vamps, different time signatures, walking bass lines, various modes, octave bass, pedal points, boogie patters, inversions, licks...anything that is used in any type of rock. It goes through classic rock, pop rock, blues rock, southern rock, hard rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, and even heavy metal! The book moves quickly but provides the information that is important for those of us looking to play. It comes with a very handy CD which allows to hear what it's supposed to sound like. I highly recommend this book.”

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