Grit and Gospel are two elements you rarely hear together. But that what The Ben Miller Band’s “Get Right Church” has in spades.
The Joplin, Missouri trio blends swampy delta blues echoes of old-style mountain music into a blend they have christened “Ozark Stomp.” “Get Right Church” fits that bill as singer-songwriter Ben Miller’s bottleneck guitar serves as a response to his howls for salvation.
“Get Right Church” immediacy offers us a glimpse into the reported legendary live performances that have Miller (guitar and banjo) Scott Leeper (one-string washtub bass) and Doug Dicharry (drums, trombone, trumpet, mandolin, electric washboard and electric spoons +) wowing crowds across the nation since 2004. I look forward to seeing for myself next week at the Americana Festival and Conference in Nashville.
Their heated grit sounds caught the ears ZZ Top’s Reverend Billy Gibbons and he enlisted the band as the main support on their 2013 North American tour.
“Get Right Church” is from the band’s self-released 2012 album, “Heavy Load.” They will enter into the studio this fall to record their New West Records debut with producer Vance Powell(Jack White, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, Willie Nelson and Kings of Leon.)
BEN MILLER BAND ON TOUR
September 18 – Fayetteville, AR @ Biker, Blues and BBQ Festival
September 27 – Springfield, IL @ Donnie’s Homespun *
September 28 – Tahlequah, OK @ Riverstomp Music Festival
October 4 – Fayetteville, AR @ Arkansas Music Pavilion +
October 6 – Gretna, LA @ Gretna Heritage Festival +
October 8 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre +
October 9 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater +
October 15 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel PAC +
October 20 – Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre +
October 23 – Springfield, IL @ Sangamon Auditorium +
October 25 – Lima, OH @ Lima Civic Center +
November 13 – Rouen, FRA @ Le 106 ^
November 15 – Ostend, BEL @ De Grote Post ^
November 16 – Brussels, BEL @ Le Botanique ^
November 17 – Hamberg, GER @ The Stage Club ^
November 19 – Zurich, CH @ Moods ^
November 22 – Utrecht, NLD @ Tivoli ^
November 24 – Brighton, GBR @ The Haunt ^
November 25 – Bristol, GBR @ Thekla ^
November 26 – London, GBR @ Islington Assembly Hall ^
November 30 – Blue Springs, MO @ Trouser Mouse
December 21 – Blue Springs, MO @ Trouser Mouse
* With Los Lobos
+ With ZZ Top
^ With Valerie June