Feisty, funny singer/guitar-slinger Scott Miller is not a simple study; he manages the family cattle farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, but he also has a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from William & Mary and tours the country as an esteemed singer/songwriter.
In 1990, armed with his prestigious but ultimately useless degree, (“The Soviet Union collapsed when I graduated — I don’t take any credit, though”) Miller moved to Knoxville, where he started scraping out a living playing local bars and clubs. The owner of a now-defunct bar called Hawkeye’s quickly recognized Miller’s homespun appeal and gave him a regular night, and he proceeded to build a loyal legion of fans. The marquee outside said “Scott Miller: Every Damn Friday” for four long years. Meanwhile, Miller began touring regionally and his following grew accordingly.
Subsequently he became a member of Knoxville roots-rock unit the V-Roys, the first band signed to E-Squared, an indie label founded by the late Jack Emerson and Steve Earle. The band found moderate success but ultimately dissolved, as band’s do. Miller then signed with Sugar Hill Records, recording three studio albums and a live record with The Commonwealth.
Beginning in 2009, Miller began releasing records on his own F.A.Y. Recordings. To date the label has released two CD’s, Miller’s “For Crying Out Loud” (2009) and a re-packaging of The V-Roys, “Sooner or Later” (2011). An EP of Christmas songs; “Christmas Gift” (2010) provided an outlet for Miller’s original Christmas tunes written for his annual Christmas shows at the legendary Down Home in Johnson City, TN.
After meeting renowned old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert (Uncle Earl) at West Virginia’s prestigious radio broadcast, “Mountain Stage”, the two began touring together performing original songs that Miller had tossed out of the tune stack he was compiling for his next release. Fans began requesting these new songs so Miller and Gellert put together an EP, “CoDependents” (2012) to sell at their shows. Miller’s most recent studio solo album, made with producer Doug Lancio, is called Big Big World.