Ben Miller Band

The Ben Miller Band’s frenetic, one-of-a-kind jaw-dropping live show has astounded audiences across North America and Europe and is now whipping the wild mountain folk of Blackburg, Kentucky into a frenzy on WGN’s hit new show, “Outsiders,” where they will be featured throughout the season. The band made their television debut on the season premiere last month as the community band in the lawless, fictional town set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia. As the rowdy residents drank, danced and celebrated, the band provided a rollicking blues rock soundtrack to their drunken revelry. Written and created by Peter Mattei and produced by Paul Giamatti and Peter Tolan, “Outsiders” stars David Morse (“Treme,” “Hurt Locker”), Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bates Motel) and Joe Anderson (“The Divide,” “Across the Universe”) and tells the story of the Farrells – a family of outsiders who live off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead.

The Ben Miller Band are currently out on the road debuting their revamped line-up which recently expanded to a foursome following the departure of founding member Doug Dicharry. Multi-instrumentalists Smilin’ Bob Lewis and Rachel Ammons have officially joined the band where they bring an arsenal of instruments to the fold including fiddle, slide guitar, dobro, dulcimer, keyboards, mandolin, banjo, bass and harmonica and in Ammon’s case, an electric cactus, and inject the band with a whole new, exciting dynamic. When we thought of what the future might bring and how to fill the shoes left by Doug’s departure, my very first thought was of one of my favorite bands in the world, Tyrannosaurus Chicken,” says Ben Miller. “Smilin’ Bob and Rachel are two of the most gifted musicians I have ever met and, in my opinion, they make some of the most original and authentic American music being made today. Over the years, we have shared stages many times with them and jammed together every chance we had. There was always a strange and wonderful alchemy that came from our two groups mixing, it felt effortless and right. So, we called them with our idea of joining forces. After some careful deliberation we all came to the conclusion that the potential was so far off the charts that if we didn’t do it we’d probably always wonder what might have been. This is a very big step forward for all involved and we wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t fully believe that what we have put together is a very, very special band. So, here’s to the future, 2016 is gonna be a big one.”

The Ben Miller Band has not stopped touring since the August 2014 release of their acclaimed sophomore album, Any Way, Shape Or Form. In addition to a slew of festivals they have become ZZ Top’s go-to opening act and have opened for the blues rock giants all across the U.S. and Europe. In April, the foursome will tour Canada with George Thorogood. They will team up with JJ Grey and Mofro for a string of dates in May.

Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Wanda Jackson, Kings of Leon), Any Way, Shape Or Form, is an exhilarating listen that’s garnered the band considerable praise and has raised the their profile from grassroots DIY group to internationally touring sensation. Blurt declared: “As its name suggests, Any Way, Shape Or Form is a tidy mishmash of blustery boogie, down home designs and a well-heeled backwoods stomps...with a fun and frivolous outlook to boot. Oh, and it also rocks like hell.” Twang Nation hailed the album as a “work of considerable scope executed into a whole of rambunctious cohesion,” while Saving Country Music eloquently gushed: “Procuring the foundation for their music from the pre-war and Delta blues, and jug and string bands of the deep South, their amorphous sound is like a séance for the creaky bones of past generations to animate back to life from the inalienable pull of an infectious groove.”




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