John R. Miller Announces New Album, ‘Heat Comes Down’

John R Miller country music
Thomas Crabtree

John R. Miller has a new album on the way.

He just announced that his next album Heat Comes Down will be out everywhere this fall on October 6th.

The West Virginia native is an incredible songwriter and overall musician, and most recently released his incredible Depreciated album in 2021 (a Whiskey Riff Top 10 Album of 2021).

John says the concept of this new record will focus on the different forms of anxiety and how it manifests in daily life:

“Whenever I’ve got a lot of thoughts bouncing around my head, alchemizing that energy into something creative helps take the gravity out of them and quiets them down for a while.

For me this album is largely about anxiety in many forms: the things that cause it, what it causes in turn, and the moments of clarity in between.

Listening back to it now, most of the songs seem like they’re trying to answer the questions I’ve been asking myself.”

He also shared the album cover in an announcement on Instagram, saying he can’t wait for fans to hear the new project:

“New album ‘Heat Comes Down’ comes out October 6th via Rounder Records. Very excited to share what we made with y’all.

Sign up for the email list (link in bio) for early vinyl + merch access before the general on-sale on Friday. Cover art by the eternally cool @twrushing.”

Of course, we talk often here about how damn good the music coming out of Appalachia is, and always has been, and John is certainly one of of the best from that region you should know, so go ahead and mark this one on the calendar:

He also released the lead single today, “Nobody Has to Know Your Mind”:

And if you’re unfamiliar with John’s music yet, check out some of the acoustic Fireside Sessions videos he did with some of the songs from Depreciated a little while back.

I’m always partial to the most raw, real, stripped-back version of any song, and these are the perfect introduction to his talent and uniquely Appalachian style of country music.

“Coming Down”

“Motor’s Fried”

“Borrowed Time”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock