Keep an eye out on John R. Miller people, he’s a real one.
The West Virginia native has just announced his debut solo album, Depreciated, set for release on July 16th via Rounder Records. He’s also just announced his summer tour dates as well, and will be looking to blaze a trail into the country music/roots music world.
So far, Miller has previewed the new project with two tracks: “Shenandoah Shakedown” and “Faustina.”
Produced by Grammy nominee Justin Francis, who’s worked with the likes of Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, and Margo Price, along with guitarist Adam Meisterhans, Depreciated will be a must-listen for anybody who likes Tyler Childers, Arlo McKinley, .49 Winchester and/or Vincent Neil Emerson.
John Strohm, president at Rounder Records, also had some great things to say about Miller:
“We at Rounder are so proud to work with John R. Miller. His wry, unassuming songwriting voice belies a profound insight into the struggle and sacrifice of a drifter’s life.
He’s an extraordinary storyteller in the tradition of great American singers/songwriters such as John Prine, Guy Clark, and Mickey Newbury, and we believe he will develop into one of the leading voices of his own generation.”
And while he’s gearing up to hit the road this summer, it hasn’t always been kind to him.
Now sober and living in Nashville, Miller had his fair share of alcohol abuse on the road, a story far too common among touring musicians:
“Heavy touring life took a toll on my health and I used drinking to soften the blows, which eventually spiraled to a bottom point.
I decided I had to take control of my life so I sobered up and moved from West Virginia to Nashville in 2017 to start over, and began making music and touring under my own name.”
July 16th people… mark your calendars.
The Deprecated Tracklist:
Lookin’ Over My Shoulder
Old Dance Flood
Back and Forth
What’s left of the Valley
Half Ton Van
July 9: Crossville, TN
July 10: Asheville, NC
July 13: Charlotte, NC
July 16: Decatur, GA
July 17: Huntsville, AL
July 18: Nashville, TN
July 21: Indianapolis, IN
July 22: Newport, KY
July 23: Huntington, WV
July 26: Thomas, WV
July 27: Vienna, VA
July 28: Annapolis, MD
July 30: Lexington, KY
July 31: Columbus, OH
August 1: Charleston, WV