John R. Miller is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Top to bottom, his latest album, Depreciated, is just incredible. The depth he’s able to get to in his lyrics is amplified by his unique phrasing, fingerstyle guitar, and baritone vocals.
And for my money, he’s right up there with Tyler Childers and Zach Bryan right now in the songwriting department.
We’ve been playing his Fireside Sessions on repeat for quite awhile now, but he’s back with another acoustic performance in a new location.
At Jewel City Barbershop in Huntington, West Virginia, John set up shop and gave us yet another phenomenal performance, this time of his song, “Faustina”.
The song is about the hardships of broke musician, bouncing around, not having a home, living on cigarettes, alcohol and a bit of faith that gets smaller everyday, praying to St. Faustina, the Secretary of Divine Mercy, for a little help.
“It was cigarettes outside an empty bar On a dark December morning Months of bad food and a pauper’s guitar Never heeding any warning I’ve had friends and I’ve let my friends down Lookin for my heart in the lost-and-found Bare hands trying to stop the rain from pouring.”
Cannot wait to see what else John is going to come out with throughout his career.
Absolutely one of my favorite artists out there right now with potential to do some incredible, incredible things.
John stopped by the Whiskey Riff Raff podcast a few months back to talk all things Depreciated, working with Tyler Childers, the struggles of the road, drinking vodka for breakfast, moving to Nashville and getting sober, psychedelics, accidentally doing DMT, sustainable gardening and more.