Review: David Michael Miller – Same Soil

Posted on: Friday, Jul 3, 2015

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David Michael Miller – Same Soil

(Own label)

David’s breakthrough album “Poisons Sipped” was well-received and this follow-up set, which has contributions from well-known and respected musicians like keyboards ace Jim Ehinger and sax player Jason Moynihan, certainly gets the thumbs-up from me once again.

Buffalo, New York based singer, guitarist, bandleader and songwriter David Michael Miller turns in a nicely eclectic blues album, with music ranging from the totally wild ‘Got Them Blues’, which shows just what David has learned from his association with sacred steel experts The Campbell Brothers (and he even has Carlton Campbell on drums) to the Muddy Waters styled stop-time blues of ‘Doing Me In, Doing Me Wrong’ via the cool, jazzy ‘Shoes To Shine’ and the southern rock sound of ‘If’in You Hear Me’.

All the songs are originals and tend to avoid blues clichés. There are some occasional bursts of truly fierce guitar playing, whilst ‘Too Early In The Morning’ is a lazily grooving number before the wildly rocking closing segment; the CD ends with the folky, moving ‘Man’s Got Things To Do’. Nice to note that David certainly doesn’t believe in playing it safe – and this set is an excellent justification for such an approach.

NORMAN DARWEN

http://www.davemillermusic.com

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