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Music: Buddy Miller

By Steve Rosen · June 2nd, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

Buddy Miller, the “Buddy” in the upcoming “Three Girls and Their Buddy” concert — with Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin — that comes to PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Saturday night.

Guitarist/singer-songwriter Miller, who was born to an Air Force family stationed at Dayton’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base but grew up primarily in New Jersey, has a lot to get back into. For several years he has been one of the hardest-working men in Americana music.

Just this month, he received five nominations from the Americana Music Association’s annual awards — Best Album for the new Written in Chalk with his wife, Julie; Song of the Year for their performance of Julie’s “Chalk”; Duo or Group of the Year, again with Julie; and, on his own, Artist and Instrumentalist of the Year.

Written in Chalk is the second album to be credited to Buddy & Julie Miller, who have been married and working together for some 20 years. She has released six solo albums and he five. A prolific songwriter, she provided eight of the new album’s 12 songs; they collaborated on a ninth.

In the course of three years of touring, the “Three Girls and Their Buddy” show has become so popular that it even has spawned a cruise. The show has won a devoted following for its relaxed spontaneity — there is no set list in the intimate, in-the-round format. This leads to sparkling storytelling as well as fine singing by all four. And Miller provides key guitar accompaniment.

Read Steven Rosen's interview with Miller here.