Cookin’ up the blues with Biscuit Miller

Jul 31, 2014
Biscuit Miller

Rockland — The weekly blues series continues Monday, Aug. 11, with Biscuit Miller & The Mix at 7 p.m., in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Tickets will be $15 at the door.

Miller, the 2012 Blues Music Awards’ Bassist of the Year, and his band are known for getting the dance floor cooking with a funky blues stew well represented on their latest CD, “Blues with a Smile.” He got his nickname by scarfing down a pan of his grandmother’s biscuits.

Miller picked up his first guitar at age 11 and as a teen formed a band with a childhood friend. After moving to Minneapolis, Miller was introduced to Sonny Rogers, who taught him a lot about playing basic blues. Miller went on to play with other respected blues artists such as Mojo Buford (formerly with Muddy Waters) and Lady Blue, backup vocalist for Ike and Tina Turner. A one-night fill-in gig with Lonnie Brooks led to 10 years on the road with the legendary bluesman’s band. He formed Biscuit and The Mix — Dr. Love on drums; Bobby B on rhythm guitar and lead/background vocalist; and 'Southside' Alex Smith on guitar — to fill up winter down-time.

Next up in the weekly series are: Aug. 18, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix; and Aug. 25, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones ($10). There is no show on Labor Day. For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link.

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