John R. Miller Addresses Feelings Of Retracting From Society In New Single “Ditcher”

John R Miller
David McClister

John R. Miller…man, what a songwriter.

In his newest single, “Ditcher,” he dives deep into addressing the feeling of being avoidant and just wanting to keep to yourself.

The bluesy slow-moving melody captures the words as they roll off his tongue. The single will appear on his forthcoming album Heat Comes Down, slated to drop on October 6th with Rounder Records.

When Miller announced the album release, he noted that the tracks on the album will focus on how different forms of anxiety will affect day-to-day life, and “Ditcher” captures retracting from society perfectly.

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.”

While the track might be a letter to himself, fans will find it more than relatable.

“’Ditcher’ wrote itself after I’d been awake for about 36 hours.”

Miller said, opening up about the curation of the single to BrooklynVegan.

“I had been in a fever, recording and working on songs for several days in the basement of the house I used to live in, in Madison, TN, and I started playing a melody that knocked me in the head.

The words came out in about ten minutes, and I made a fully-formed demo of it right away, which has maybe only happened to me a handful of times.

I don’t know where it came from, but I liked it enough that it became one of my favorites on the record, as well as the source of the album’s title.”

In celebration of the single’s release, he dropped a studio session recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium.

The rustic feel of the studio matches the mildly melancholy lyrics, adding the perfect visuals for the track.

After coming off of his 2021 album Depreciated (a Whiskey Riff Top 10 Album of 2021), Heat Comes Down has some shoes to fill.

The tracks released thus far teasing what is to come for the rest of the album looks more than promising to fill those. I am looking forward to hearing more come October 6th.

If you are looking at catching Miller live, he is currently on an extensive tour along with making appearances at events like Healing Appalachia.

Jul 19 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s
Jul 21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
Jul 22 – Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival
Jul 26 – Thomas, WV – Purple Fiddle
Jul 27 – Winchester, VA – Bright Box Theater
Jul 28 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
Jul 29 – Galax, VA – The Blue Ridge Music Center
Aug 19 – Aug 20 – Bethel, NY – Catbird Music Festival
Sept 21 – 23 – Lewisburg, WV – Healing Appalachia
Sept 22 – 23 – Whispering Beard Folk Festival – North Bend, OH
Sept 27 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Sept 29 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Other Side
Sept 30 – Boulder, CO – eTown Hall
Oct 4 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto Bozeman
Oct 5 – Columbia Falls, MT – The Coop
Oct 6 – Spokane, WA – Lucky You Lounge
Oct 7 – Walla Walla, WA – Billsville West
Oct 8 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
Oct 10 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Oct 12 – Portland, OR – Show Bar
Oct 13 – Talent, OR – The Talent Club
Oct 14 – Albany, CA – Ivy Room
Oct 15 – Mariposa, CA – The Grove House
Oct 16 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy + Harriet’s
Oct 18 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer
Oct 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Gold-Diggers
Oct 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit Live
Oct 24 – San Antonio, TX – The Lonesome Rose
Oct 25 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
Oct 26 – Austin, TX – The White Horse
Oct 27 – Fort Worth, TX – Tulips
Oct 29 – Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern
Oct 30 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s
Nov 2 – Chattanooga, TN – Songbird South
Nov 3 – Macon, GA – Grant’s Lounge
Nov 4 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
Nov 5 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
Nov 7 – Charleston, SC – The Charleston Pour House
Nov 8 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
Nov 9 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
Nov 10 – Thomas, WV – Purple Fiddle
Nov 11 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street
Nov 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
Nov 14 – Washington, DC – Pearl Street Warehouse
Nov 15 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
Nov 16 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
Nov 18 – Lexington, KY – The Burl
Nov 19 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
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