Fifteen years ago I stumbled into the Midway Café in Boston, MA to catch a honky-tonk set by a band called the Spurs. I can honestly say that my life was forever changed that night. I loved everything about the band, but what stuck out most was the incredible dexterity and creativity of guitarist Jerry Miller. That was the day I became a Jerry Miller fan. In the years that followed I made every attempt to catch his shows with the Spurs, The Coachmen, Jack Smith & the Rockabilly Planet, Eilen Jewell, the Sacred Shakers, and any of his many other musical projects. A number of years later I even had the opportunity to record and gig with the man myself and the sonic fireworks shot off from Jerry’s Gretsch never ceased to amaze me.
For many years Jerry’s fans the world over, including myself, have been eagerly anticipating a solo record — one that might show off his incredible rockabilly chops, his western swing sensibilities, his twangy surf-rock sounds, and everything that goes into Jerry’s inimitable style. Now at last that record is here and it truly exceeds my loftiest of expectations. The band is superb and Jerry receives some stellar vocal support from long-time collaborators Eilen Jewell, Eric Royer, Roy Sludge, and Miss Tess, but it is Jerry’s original instrumentals, his slick pedal steel playing, and blistering guitar solos that shine on this record. I can’t say enough good things about these tracks. For those of you who have never heard Jerry’s music, it is my great honor to introduce you to one of the greatest guitarists you’ll ever hear, the one and only Jerry Miller!
– Nate Gibson, Musician & Author, The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built
released 23 April 2013
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