NEWS: Steve Miller to release Let Your Hair Down

Wow, Steve Miller is sure in workaholic mode! Hot on the heels of last year’s excellent Bingo! (read my review here) comes Let Your Hair Down. Take it away, press release!

PRESS RELEASE:

LET YOUR HAIR DOWN, NEW ALBUM FROM THE STEVE MILLER BAND
SET FOR RELEASE ON APRIL 19

ALBUM RELEASE TO KICK OFF WITH TOUR BEGINNING APRIL 19
FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST GREGG ALLMAN

STEVE MILLER BAND TO CELEBRATE OPENING OF
NEW AUSTIN CITY LIMITS VENUE AT THE MOODY THEATER
WITH A SPECIAL GALA CONCERT BENEFITING KRLU FEBRUARY 24
AND NEW SEASON’S INAUGURAL TV PERFORMANCE ON FEBRUARY 26

Following the success of last year’s number one blues album, BINGO!, which was recently nominated as ‘Blues Rock Album of the Year’ by the Blues Foundation, The Steve Miller Band return with yet another new offering, Let Your Hair Down, which lands in stores April 19 on Miller’s Space Cowboy Records in partnership with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band will kick off the album release with a Spring tour beginning April 19 featuring special guest Gregg Allman. Prior to the album release and tour, The Steve Miller Band will celebrate the opening of the new Austin City Limits venue at The Moody Theater with a sold out gala concert event to benefit KRLU-TV, Austin PBS, on February 24, followed by the inaugural live taping on February 26.

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CD REVIEW: Steve Miller – Bingo!

Steve Miller has long been known as a killer guitar player. Although FM radio audiences might now him from classics like The Joker and Abracadabra, Miller has always had a penchant for firey blues-rock lead playing. So it’s no surprise that Bingo! is a collection of blues covers, nor is it any particular shock that it rocks pretty hard, albeit in a controlled, mature, measured way. This is no strum and flail blues-rock of the kind propagated by all those mid-90s Stevie Ray Vaughan clones.

Produced by Miller with the legendary Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Chickenfoot) and recorded at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch, Bingo! features songs originally recorded by BB King, Lowell Fulson, Otis Rush, Jimmy Reed and Jimmie Vaughan. And looky who pops up to trade solos with Miller on both Rock Me Baby and Sweet Soul Vibe: one Mr Joe Satriani. On Rock Me Baby the interplay between Satch and Miller is damn near psychic, and it’s great to hear Satch play in a more bluesy style akin to his self-titled album in the mid 90s (which was produced by Andy Johns’ brother Glyn). Satch’s solo on Sweet Soul Vibe is a little more like his Chickenfoot mode, over a groove that reminds me a little of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan’sTick Tock.

The guitar tones on Bingo! are considered and warm without being too hot; the playing is nuanced and detailed without being too stuffy, and the production has a very crisp, clear vibe without being too slick. And while it’s great to have Joe Satriani along for the ride of a few songs, Miller’s own sharp and tasty playing is more than worthy of holding the attention of guitar geeks like you and I.

By the way, Miller recorded another album at the same time as Bingo!, and that will be out next year.

Thanks to Roadrunner Australia.

LINKS: Roadrunner Australia; Steve Miller