You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your ReverbNation experience.
Roots Blues in it's entirety. Miller is an encyclopedia of the music, and it's because he, unlike a vast amount of cat's his age, has spent time playing it with masters.
Miller came up in Central and South Florida, where he worked in his Aunt and Uncle's music store, and pawn shop. " That's where I first got the bug, and bought my first guitar." says Miller. "All kinds of guys working in town would come in, and I would watch them play and steal licks" Miller added, "not to mention all the guys that worked there were also working musicians. They laid the ground work for me, and taught me the respect."
From there Josh started playing out with organist Stephen Allen Miller (Elvin Bishop, Earl Hooker, Lynn Co. Blues Band). "Steve was my musical father and best friend. Everyone in town thought I was Steve's son, or grandson, because we shared the same name, and we would let them go with it." Steve and Josh played extensively throughout Florida, until Steve's passing.
Around '99 Josh took over the guitar position in Little Mike Markowitz's band, The Tornadoes. "Little Mike was the first cat that I played with that could blow all that Chicago stuff....and he also introduced me to Jon Buck and Jim Mckaba, and of course Redbone!" From there Miller cut his first album, "Back at the Shack" after making his first trip to Europe backing Karl W Davis in 2002. He also started appearing on many other albums including "It's All Over but the Shouting" for the great shouter Charles "Crown Prince" Waterford, and on cuts for Barrel House Chuck, "Hurry Sundown" and French band, The Bad Mules, title track "Who Drank My Beer"
Miller's groups and repertoire seemed to change from night to night, from solo or duo acoustic, covering early Muddy Waters, to Organ Combo featuring Ray Charles alumni Leroy Cooper (bari/tenor sax), or Dizzy Gillespie alumni Ben Champion (tenor sax), to old school Chicago blues featuring Jim McKaba (piano). Miller plays the bonifide blues and covers all the basses, and roots.
" I am a product of a lot of fine musicians who all have the utmost faith in my abilities, their respect guides my direction"
"This is an artform that I'm trying to keep alive, and pure. The best compliment I could ever receive is that from the old cats when they turn to me and say, 'man, how do you know that stuff? You too young to know that stuff!'. I would listen to tunes that I knew Leroy, or Champ would know and love, and look forward for the opportunity to freak them!"
"A good musician should be able to hang in any situation, but a great one earns the respect of all the cats he plays with."
For the past ten years Miller has been playing in France and surrounding areas, carrying over musical mentors and friends whenever possible, capping off the ten year anniversary with a recording he hopes to release in late summer.