Local music scene stalwart Scottie Miller has been around long enough to acquire a funky nickname (Bones), membership in the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame, experience touring with blues icon Bo Diddley, a signature style that warps far to the south of his home tundra, and an international rep. He’s first and foremost a pianist, with a grease-and-grits-slathered approach that suggests an affinity for New Orleans, Memphis, and swampy spots in between, but he also cranks up organ, guitar, and, lately, mandolin. His muscular vocals boast grit and firewater, and he really howls on the riveting dark-hued title track from SMB’s new album, Stay Above Water, whose release will be celebrated here. It’s packed with solid Miller originals grounded in blues and rock, but with soul, R&B, country, and jazz elements, suggesting Little Feat, Mofro, Wet Willie, and Dr. John, and with a funky NOLA/Caribbean vibe thrown into “It’s What You Do.”
- Rick Mason - City Pages. Minneapolis, MN
Singer-songwriter, pianist Scottie Miller has been inducted in to the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame for both Contributions to Blues Music and Heritage (for his instructional book Rock Keyboards published by Hal Leonard), and in 2018 as Blues Performer. (Their highest honor). He founded the Scottie Miller Band in 2000’, and has just released his tenth CD.
He has also been the touring keyboardist for three-time Grammy nominated singer Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Records) since 2008. He is featured on her Blues Music Award winning CD/DVD "Live At Antone’s”, and recently performed to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Scottie met Ruthie while on tour as the keyboardist for Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame legend Bo Diddley. Scottie’s original brand of music is steeped in blues, and covers a wide pallet of styles including Barrelhouse Piano Blues, rock, funk, soul, jazz, classical, americana and singer-songwriter.
Scottie recently co-wrote a song “I Was Called” with Ruthie Foster that is featured on the upcoming August 2017 release by six-time Grammy Award winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos). "Almost Home" was recorded over four different sessions with four different GRAMMY-winning producers in four different cities. The album is composed primarily of original songs, which focus on the remarkable journey of the band's two surviving original members, long-time leader Clarence Fountain, and current leader Jimmy Carter. It features songwriting contributions from an exceptional collection of artists including Valerie June, North Mississippi Allstars, Phil Cook, John Leventhal, Marc Cohn, Ruthie Foster, Scottie Miller and more. Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, William Bell) recorded with the Blind Boys and their band in New York City, Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) in Nashville, Chris Goldsmith (Charlie Musselwhite, Ben Harper) in Seattle, and Los Lobos' Steve Berlin (Faith No More, Buckwheat Zydeco) at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals.