Scottie Miller / Bio

Singer-Songwriter-Pianist Scottie Miller is an international touring artist.
He has just announced the release of his 9th self-produced CD "Reciprocation" - Scottie Miller Band. (October 2015-Blues/Rock.)

In 2008, Scottie was inducted in to the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame for his contributions to blues music and heritage with his instructional book and CD titled; “Rock Keyboards” published by Hal Leonard Corporation. He has also been the touring keyboardist for three-time Grammy nominated singer Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Records) since 2008. He is featured on her Blues Music Award winning CD/DVD "Live At Antones". He was a finalist in the ‘solo-duo’ category at The International Blues Challenge in 06'.

“The Other Side” - 2002 
“Days of Reckoning” - 2004 
"Holiday Piano Solos" - 2005
“Livin’ Between The Black ‘n White” - 2006 
“Elixir For The Soul” - 2008 
“LIVE” - 2010 
“Home - A House Concert with Scottie Miller” - DVD 2011 
"RISE UP" - 2012. 
"Reciprocation" - 10/2015.
“The 411 in 15”: Scottie “Bones” Miller - (Excerpts from an interview with Jimi Patricola).

Scottie – how did you wind up playing with Ruthie Foster Band?

"I met Ruthie in 2006 when I was keyboardist for Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer', Bo Diddley. After a two month tour across the USA we became good friends. Ruthie came and played The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis (my home town), shortly after that tour and asked me to join her band. I’ve been Ruthie’s touring keyboardist ever since. We recently played Montreux and North Sea Jazz fest's rounding out her European tour. (July 2015).

Tell me more about ‘back in the day’ when you played with these/this classic artist(s).

I attended Berklee College of Music in 1986. Toured and recorded with Big John Dickerson. After that, returning to my solo project I met keyboard legend Johnnie Johnson in St. Louis who was invited by my friend John May to come see my show. Shortly after, we sadly learned of Johnnie's passing. I was invited to play a song of mine ‘The Other Side’ at his memorial. This led me to meeting Henry Townsend, Robert Lockwood Jr. and Bo Diddley, (which led me to Ruthie Foster)." 

Scottie plays everything from piano blues, rock n' roll, Spanish and Latin tinged jazz, gospel, classical, New Orleans funk and road-house blues. Highly recommended.

Scottie Miller Band announces release of “Reciprocation”. (October, 2015)

“Reciprocation” by Scottie Miller Band mark’s Scottie Miller’s ninth independent CD release.  
“When we’re performing and we see our audience is moved, we feel more inspired.  A powerful exchange that elevates us all to a heightened level of energy throughout the show.  It fills the room with love, light and hope.  This is “Reciprocation”.
 - Scottie Miller

Scottie has always offered a wide palette of styles on his recording’s. (New Orleans piano styles, Chicago Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Americana, Gospel, Rock and even classically tinged singer-songwriter material).  It is this variety and originality that keep’s his loyal fans coming back for more with each new release. The new CD ‘Reciprocation’ show’s Scottie's affinity for rock.  He grew up studying jazz and classical piano, but no young boy likes to be known as a “classical pianist” so he spent much of his time playing electric guitar and learning solo’s note for note with his first guitar.
(A 1962 Epiphone Crestwood, played through a Crate amplifier in his green-shag carpeted bedroom.) He still owns the guitar and even played it some on this record. (Check the solo on “Too Far Gone”). Growing up listening to rock bands like Zeppelin, Floyd, AC/DC, Hendrix, Santana, Iron Maiden, Peter Frampton, Thin Lizzy, Jeff Beck, Rolling Stones and so on, Scottie could transcribe their guitar solo’s note for note, and was always a better “soloist” than rhythm player.  Then it was back to the piano lessons to play Beethoven, Bach, Bill Evans, Chick Corea.

Joining SMB just prior to the recording of this album are new members Patrick Allen (guitar), and
Dik Shopteau (bass). Recorded June 22-25, 2015 at north-east Minneapolis pinnacle studio The Terrarium. The newly revised band featuring veteran SMB drummer Mark O’Day played their first dozen shows immediately following the recording. Since then they have found a fresh, rocking and powerful union. There’s an undeniable musical symmetry between them as they continue to broaden their touring schedule beyond the twin-cities. Like their recent appearance at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in northern Michigan, where Scottie also joined three-time Grammy nominated singer Ruthie Foster for her headline set.  (Scottie has been Ruthie’s touring keyboardist since 2008).  Ruthie’s long time drummer Samantha Banks is quoted recently saying, “This new record is going to take him places. So many people are doing “rock, blues/rock with guitar as the main element, but no one is doing it with keyboards.” 

Scottie’s sterling silver vocal’s, distorted Wurlitzer and Hammond organ take the captain’s chair on this CD. A funky, punctuated and massive wall of drums and bass surround the highly featured guitar work of SMB’s Patrick Allen.

The album’s first official single “Bring It On”, will debut later this month on Itunes. 
“Bring It On” is about a rising, rock n’ roll star.  “Are you ready to hear it...get ready to see it, a new kid walkin’ on the block.”  “Can you touch the ground, do you feel alive... you’re coming out like a newborn child... You’re coming out, so sing the song, turn it up and bring it on.”  There are many lyrical references to hope and preservation; “Keep On Walking”; “There are times, when you’re hurting, and there’s no one for you to call.  Just an empty room and lonely ghosts, and the bottom is where you fall...well keep on walkin’”. It’s like a personal cry from Scottie to the universe, “Cut through hatred and heavy stones, heal these wounded, broken bones and keep on walkin'".

General Info

Band Members
Scottie Miller - Vocals, Mark O'Day - Drums, Patrick Allen - Guitar, Dik Shopteau - Bass
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Scottie Miller
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Blues / Rock / Funk

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Minneapolis, MN
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