Review: David Michael Miller – Poisons Sipped
Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
David Michael Miller – Poisons Sipped
Based in Buffalo, New York and an associate of Tommy Z, singer, guitarist and bandleader David Michael Miller has a very interesting album here, as the opening number proves in no uncertain terms, heavy blues riffs off-set by the wild pedal steel playing of guest Darick Campbell (of The Campbell Brothers – who also supply drummer Carlton Campbell, who plays throughout the CD).
Chuck Campbell supplies more restrained steel guitar playing to ‘Memphis Belle’, which initially sounds like a country piece, but then somehow becomes a supremely soulful performance. Chuck and Darick both make one more wonderful appearance each, and other guests include keyboards player Jim Ehringer, who has worked with Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt, and some time Buddy Guy sax player Jay Moynighan.
As the album progresses, David’s very positive outlook becomes apparent, and more elements of soul, jazz and funk creep in, though the music always keeps the blues focus – I confess I do prefer David’s music in its harder blues-rock style, but overall this is an intriguing, intelligent, very entertaining and handsomely packaged set.
It is also worth noting that David and his associates are looking to release a live gospel album later this year and I am looking forward to hearing that set too – but this will do nicely for now.