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Steve Miller Steve Miller with Jimmie Vaughan: Live at JALC Blues, roots and "Blue Skies"

NY, NY -- by Evan Haga

Given its reputation as jazz’s most conservative and canonical institution, Jazz at Lincoln Center has a surprising knack for creating a certain kind of surreality in its programming. You could have seen a good example on Wednesday at JALC’s Rose Theater, where Eric Harland, an unimpeachably hip jazz drummer and protégé-collaborator to Charles Lloyd, backed guitarist and vocalist Steve Miller, whose string of unavoidable ’70s hits signify something else: baby-boomers, including a few men with ponytails, kicking back with light beer on a suburban patio or, better yet, on the deck of a beachtown rental. There are many people, this writer included, who’ve pledged devotion to the sort of music Harland usually plays because they grew up hearing too much Steve Miller Band.

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Martin Guitar Steve Miller on Charlie Rose Show

If you missed Steve Miller on the Charlie Rose Show PBS nationwide, you can still watch now on charlierose.com.

Charlie Rose link to Steve Miller

Steve Miller Steve Miller Band plows through Hall of Fame hits at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

As Miller approaches induction next month, it’s a question worth asking. For 22 years, the voters passed him over, refused even to name him a finalist. What changed this year? Why, 50 years after forming the band that bears his name, is Miller finally receiving rock and roll’s highest honor?

Tampa Bay Times Story here

Steve Miller STEVE MILLER- FLY LIKE AN EAGLE 40TH ANNIVERSARY- ROCK HALL OF FAME

In the studio with Red Beard

During our interview, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller reminded me that when Fly Like an Eagle came out in 1976, it contained such a wealth of great songs of varying styles, thoughtfully and seamlessly sequenced, that my FM radio deejay cohorts and I used to play entire sides of it (back when albums had sides) on the radio, uninterrupted. When I started my FM rock radio career at the dawn of the 1970s, 90% of all radio listening in North America was on the AM dial. By the time Fly Like an Eagle came out in 1976, that figure had changed to a 50/50 parity.

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Steve Miller Flashback: Meeting Rock And Roll Legend Steve Miller in 1986

By David Woo - Dallas Morning News. I grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, home of Janis Joplin, and I recall the sounds of the Steve Miller Band blasting in my Volkswagen in the early 70’s. In 1986 I was assigned to photograph Steve at Capitol Records in Dallas for the paper. As soon as we met, Steve made me feel like we had been friends for a long time. We discussed where I should take his portrait and we decided he would wear his signature sunglasses and lean against a white wall wearing his leather jacket and holding one of his guitars.

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Steve Miller Steve Miller 'Stunned' About Being Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'

(Billboard 12-17-15) Steve Miller was caught by surprise by the news that he'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016.

"I'm stunned by the news and baffled at how it works and had given up thinking about it, so it was a very pleasant surprise," Miller, who's getting into the Rock Hall after his first time on the ballot, tells Billboard. "It was a surprise, but I'm glad they took their time with it and got it right."

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Steve Miller Steve Miller on Rock Hall Induction: 'It's taken a long, long time'

(ROLLING STONE 12-17-15) "Now that I'm, in nobody will have anything to complain about," says the Space Cowboy

There have been 25 members of the Steve Miller Band during the past five decades, but next April, the Space Cowboy will stand at the podium all by himself at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "I think that's probably the right choice," he says. "Right before I moved out to San Francisco, I played in Buddy Guy's band. One night, he said to me, 'Listen, man, when you get out there, call it the Steve Miller Band. You're going to go through lots and lots of musicians, and you don't want everyone to get all upset when you fire your bass player.' It turned out to be really good advice."

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Martin Guitar Steve Miller nominated for Songwriters Hall Of Fame

New York, NY – October 6, 2015 - The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its slate of nominees to be elected for induction at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 9, 2016, in New York City.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world. Eligible voting members will have until December 11, 2015 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a non-performing category, two from a performing category and one from a deceased category.

For information with which to join or renew as a voting member before November 2 in order to participate in this election, please go to songhall.org/join

Bios and photos of the 2016 nominees can be found on the songhall.org website, and the nominees are:

Martin Guitar Billy Joel Brings Out Steve Miller & John Mayer, Plays 'Meet the Mets' at MSG

Billboard - Billy Joel’s monthly residency at New York City’s Madison Square Garden boasted a few extra surprises on Wednesday night (Oct. 21) when the “Gangster of Love” Steve Miller and guitarist John Mayer showed up for guest spots. - Click here for more

Martin Guitar Steve & Jimmie Vaughan photos from Austin

After jamming with Jimmie Vaughan at the Verizon in Dallas Ft. Worth, Steve Miller moved on to Austin where he, Jimmie and singer Lou Ann Barton spent more time hanging out and playing music together. Here are a few photos from pre show, sound check and show time at Wagner Noel PAC.Photo Gallery Link

Martin Guitar Steve plays blues classics, trades riffs with Jimmie Vaughan in Dallas-Ft Worth show

Dallas - Ft Worth.Steve Miller is such a staple of classic rock radio it's easy to forget that deep down, he's also a Texas bluesman. Monday night at Verizon Theatre, he dug back into his roots with a vengeance and a strong assist from Dallas blues master Jimmie Vaughan. Link to review

Martin Guitar Steve Miller in the spirit for a sold out show!

The Steve Miller Band returned to Artpark for a sold-out show that thrilled the crowd on a humid summer night. The 71-year-old blues guitarist played all of the perennial favorites and sprinkled in a few deep cuts.While there was no denying Miller and company were having a great night musically, what stood out for this writer was how well the sound was mixed. Miller’s guitar sounded crisp, his vocals were right up in the mix and the low ends filled things out perfectly.Read the review here.

Martin Guitar Steve Miller: Out of this World
Ma Rainey Meets Miles Davis

Renowned blues-rock guitarist, multi platinum selling singer/songwriter, and lifelong jazz fan, Steve “Guitar” Miller hosted a wide-ranging musical-and-beyond revue. From his stylized guitar and vocals – backed by an all-star jazz quintet – to comedy, tappers, high energy boogie-woogie, and much more, the evening brought a dizzying number of surprises and high-level performances.. Check out JAZZ

Martin Guitar Steve Miller hits mark at Seneca Niagra

It was a jam-packed house at the Seneca Niagara Event Center Nov. 21 when the Steve Miller Band took the stage. There was no opening band, and Steve and his bandmates came out onto the stage ready to entertain the audience for a solid two hours of flawless music. Link to review

Martin Guitar Steve Miller Band Rocks WFCU Center

Windsor, Ontario- Nov. 2014: Review by Tim Cornett.

Some people call him the Space Cowboy. Some call him the Gangster of Love. Some people call him Maurice……call him what you want - I call him one of the greatest guitarists in rock. Steve “Guitar” Miller rode into town Tuesday night and left a very appreciate crowd at Windsor’s WFCU Centre wanting more. He led his band through a set list of hit after hit - opening with Jungle Love, Take The Money And Run, and Abracadabra. From then it was a trip through one of rock’s greatest catalogues. For over ninety minutes, Miller hit them all. About halfway through the show, the Space Cowboy wowed the audience with five solo acoustic songs, picking away and singing like the seventies were yesterday. He sounded that good.

Listening to songs The Stake, Serenade, True Fine Love, Dance Dance Dance, and everything else leading up to the encore made one realize that Steve Miller has left more than an imprint on rock and roll. The encore? An incredible version of his 1976 hit Fly Like An Eagle.

Thanks Mr. Miller, come back soon. Because nobody loves you like the way we

 

 

 

 


Martin Guitar Steve Miller nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame

New York, NY - October 16, 2015 - The 2015 slate of Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees for induction were announced by SHOF President/CEO Linda Moran on November 14, 2014. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds annual elections to determine those who will make up the roster of inductees for the following year. Eligible voting members will have until December 15, 2014 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from a non-performing and two from a performing category. For information with which to join or renew as a voting member please visit: songhall.org/join.

Schooled in guitar by his father’s friend Les Paul, Steve picked up a heavy blues influence from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, eventually forming his own Steve Miller Blues Band-at one time including pal Boz Scaggs. After removing “Blues” from the band’s name, he became an album rock-era figurehead before breaking through to pop with the chart-topping title track of his 1973 album “The Joker”. Other originals include “Rock’n Me” and “Abracadabra,” both of which likewise went to No. 1.
Key songs in the Miller catalog include: “Abracadabra”, “Fly Like An Eagle”, “Living In The USA”, “Take The Money And Run” and “The Joker”.

Martin Guitar Steve Miller Band, Journey bring their first-ever tandem tour to White River

If Cleveland or Memphis in the late 1950s was ground zero in the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s was the Fertile Crescent of its evolution, says classic rock guitarist-singer Steve Miller.. link to article

Martin Guitar Concert Review: Journey, Steve Miller Band bring the classic rock memories at DTE

The DTE Energy Music Theatre turned into time capsule on Wednesday night, blasting back in time with a mash-up of music from the ’80s (Journey), ’70s (the Steve Miller Band) and ’60s (Tower of Power) — and, of course, references to the venue as the Pine Knob they all played at decades ago. link to article

Martin Guitar 'Vintage Rock' Concert Review Irvine, Ca

Journey, the Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power closed out their 2014 summer tour together in Irvine, California, on a balmy Saturday night. Traveling to more than 30 cities in roughly two and half months, the tour came full circle, having opened on May 15 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California — a two-hour drive south from Irvine. It was billed as the “San Francisco Fest,” and it was the first time all three had embarked on the road together. The sold-out audience crammed into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is a sign they should consider doing more shows. Maybe next summer.  link to article

Martin GuitarSteve Miller takes a journey back to the future on tour

For proof that playing rock 'n' roll will keep you young, look no farther than Steve Miller and Neal Schon. The two guitarists met in the psychedelic swirl of San Francisco's '60s music scene and half a century later are still hitting the road to deliver their sonic message.

"I wake up every day excited to play," says Miller, 70. "Each time I hit the road to gig, it still feels like I'm going to summer camp."

Schon is singing from the same hymnal. "I'm out there for the love of music, I'm on a constant tone quest," says Schon, 60, who was a 15-year-old San Francisco six-string prodigy destined for Santana's band when he met Miller. "There's no reason to stop." link to article

songwriters hall of fame Journey+Steve Miller Band+Tower Of Power = Trifecta of Soul, Hits & Arena Rock

Steve - “I can’t think of a better way for the Joker to celebrate his 40th and the Steve Miller Band to enjoy this summer than playing all our hits for all of our fans as we tour the entire USA with our brother San Francisco bands, Journey and the Tower Of Power” . “This is a not to be missed trifecta of the best of soul, greatest hits and arena rock by three of the greatest bands to come out of San Francisco, clearly a once in a lifetime event. Don't miss it!” Link to Pollstar article

Martin GuitarA Quick Chat with Steve Miller and Journey's Neal Schon & Jonathan Cain

A Conversation with Steve Miller and Journey's Neal Schon & Jonathan Cain.

Journey and the Steve Miller Band recorded a few of the most popular albums ever made, especially Escape and Greatest Hits 1974-1978. And soon, you'll be touring together with Tower Of Power. What is it about your bands that resonated with pop culture? link to article

Martin Guitar The Joker isn't kidding around when it comes to guitars

Everyone knows Steve Miller the chart-topping blues rocker, whose hits The Joker and Jet Airliner helped shape the '70s soundtrack. But how about Steve Miller, museum curator?

"You should go see our latest exhibit, it's all about the history of Martin guitars," link to article

Martin Guitar Journey, Steve Miller join forces for tour

Sault Star, Ontario- “I think Journey, Tower of Power and the Steve Miller Band — we’re all part of a core of original groups that helped define the San Francisco music scene,” said singer-guitarist Miller, 70, in a recent interview. “This was a social phenomenon, as well as a musical phenomenon.

“These bands are an integral part of the music, art and production of a new approach to music". link to article

Martin Guitar Steve Miller Band In Concert Phoenix, Az

One of rock and roll's great mysteries turned 40 last year. What exactly is the “pompitus of love”? Those that were searching, or perhaps even thought they knew the answer, came out to watch Steve Miller and his band perform Sunday night, May 18, 2014 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix. After an entertaining, seventy five minute, 18 song set, did the Steve Miller Band answer the question? link to article

Martin Guitar Steve Miller Band releases 'The Joker Live' for 40th Anniversary

New record features unreleased live versions of group's classic 1973 album

Rolling Stone: The Steve Miller Band is releasing The Joker Live today, May 15th, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's hit album and titular number one single, "The Joker," via Kobalt's AWAL digital distibution platform.link to article

songwriters hall of fame Blues-rocker Steve Miller still the patron saint of jokers

Edmonton, AB - Steve Miller puts the class in classic rock, mellow and familiar as beans and barbecue sauce.

To the sold-out (half-bowl) Rexall Place crowd of 6,000 Monday night, the Milwaukee-born 70-year-old proved this point: if ever there was an official greatest hits album of all the greatest hits albums, Miller would have at least a couple on there (right beside Nazareth and Aerosmith). To wit: Doo doo do doo ... but we’ll get to that. link to review

songwriters hall of fame Steve Keeps On Rockin' Them at CUC Ottawa

It’s Saturday night, the end of the work week and the end of a winter that just won’t quit. Steve Miller rolls into town with his five-piece band, lifts the Pegasus curtain at Credit Union Centre, and launches into Jungle Love from back in 1977. Let a night of hot rock and rollin’ begin. link to review

songwriters hall of fame Vintage Guitar in depth article

Not until after he turned 40 did it occur to Steve Miller that he never really needed to fear whether he’d “make it” in the music business. That may sound like an odd bit of neurosis coming from the mind of a rock superstar whose hit songs saturated airwaves in the early days of FM radio, and continue to do so today on classic-rock formats (Link here)

 

 




songwriters hall of fame The Joker Reveals the Man Behind the Mask

Wednesday night at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Miller delivered not only the hits but also dug deep into his older material, a move that undoubtedly turned many a casual fan into hard-core fans. (Link here)

songwriters hall of fame Hit Filled Concert at Austin's Moody Theater

Tributes to the band's first major commercial success included a huge stage banner of The Joker's album cover and playing of a number of songs from the record that it rarely plays. The night also featured an extended guest appearance from Austin's Eric Johnson. Photos by Austinist's Steve Hopson. (Link here)

 

songwriters hall of fame Blues Roots at Ohio State Fair

Steve Miller played for nearly two hours in the Ohio State Fair’s Celeste Center. Nary a song was less than familiar. There were staples from the early days of FM radio through classic-rock programming today; many weren’t singles but album tracks as well-known as his hits. (Link here)

songwriters hall of fame Flawless Classic Hits in Grand Rapids

the Steve Miller Band rocked the stage at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park,where the breezes cooled and the tunes heated up the sold-out crowd.. (Link here)

 

songwriters hall of fame Turner Field Atlanta Post Braves Game review

On a makeshift stage rolled onto the infield, Miller immediately delved into a couple of tunes that surely lured baseball fans into sticking around – “Jungle Love” and “Take the Money and Run.”. (Link here)

songwriters hall of fame University of Miami Jazz & Blues video

Steve is guest artist for the Stamp's Family Chairtable Foundation distinguished visitor series "A Life In Song"(Link here)

 

songwriters hall of fame Steve Miller Band at the Greek

I was under the impression that Steve Miller was a hit machine, running through those midseventies nuggets that everybody knows, a night out to revel in nostalgia.
But I was stunned that that was not the case.
Steve Miller came to WAIL!. (Link here)

songwriters hall of fame The Joker Hailed at the Santa Barbara Bowl

It’s hard to maintain a sense of critical snobbery when 1500 people are dancing, singing, and even the ushers are skipping through the aisles mouthing the words to songs perfectly. (Link here)

 

songwriters hall of fame Steve Miller Band and Santana March 27th Sydney Entertainment Center

The only thing missing at The Sydney Entertainment Centre, for Carlos Santana and Steve Miller Band’s shared bill, was much longer hair on the audience, the smell of marijuana smoke, and dancing in the aisles. (more here)

songwriters hall of fame Miller magic overcomes Boondall bungles

Brisbane, Australia. Before playing hit song Abracadabra, Steve Miller promised the Boondall crowd at Thursday night's concert he'd produce some magic, and he wasn't wrong. (more here)

songwriters hall of fame Steve Miller Band and Santana, Vector Arena

Auckland, NZ. "Guitarist Miller - whose forearms and hands have veins like power cables - opened the night with a terrific set which fired off smoothly honed hits (the subtle Fly Like an Eagle showing masterful sustain and delay on the quicksilver solo), tough rock (Jet Airliner), elements of blues, an acoustic set which included a reworked Gangster of Love and The Window.

As a double bill this was exceptional, and when Miller joined Santana's band at the end for some leathery blues (Otis Rush's All Your Love, a homage to John Lee Hooker) it rounded out a night. Quite extraordinary."(more here)

songwriters hall of fame Steve honoree of the 2013 Texas Medal of Arts Award

The honorees were announced in Houston by the Texas Cultural Trust. Since the award's inception in 2001 the nonprofit has honored 71 Texans for their contributions to the arts, music, culture, education and business. Willie Nelson and Tommy Lee Jones are former recipients. (more here)

songwriters hall of fame Glasgow Royal Concert Hall review

The most photographed safety curtain in recent Glasgow theatre history – featuring a projected image of a grizzled cowpoke "Gangster of Love" – gave way to reveal an improbably youthful looking and, more to the point, youthful-sounding Steve Miller.(heraldScotland)

songwriters hall of fame An Evening with Steve Miller at the Roundhouse in London

The Space Cowboy was back and on monstrously good form. The gig was utterly sublime, which, while sounding polished and refined, still managed to have the classic Steve Miller “edge”. The audience were very obviously fans, as the cheers as the band entered showed. From the first note, the whole show exuded quality and, was what this writer can only describe as blatantly American, which in a Rock context, is no bad thing.

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