Dub Miller

Dub Miller
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Dub Miller was raised on a ranch in Pontotoc, Texas where he had very little contact with other children until he began kindergarten in Llano, Texas. As one might expect, he developed more of his imagination than his social skills which contributed to his introspective, if somewhat socially retarded nature. He also became very good at shooting things as a .22 was his primary companion through his formative years. The other companions of his youth were largely made up of a certain class of Mexican immigrant who would commonly seek work in and around the farms and ranches of the Texas Hill Country. As a result, he is sympathetic to their plight. He has also had a couple of good horses, and worked lots of mixed cattle and angora goats. He hates chickens. He attended Llano High School where the suffered 5 broken arms and played drums in a regional but quite groundbreaking heavy metal band called The Zone. He had a double bass pedal and lots of toms of which he took the bottom heads off. He thought Lars Ulrich hung the moon. After graduating from High School, he ran off from the ranch to achieve fame and riches as an FM disc jockey in Amarillo, Texas. He quickly figured out that people in radio achieve very little fame and almost no riches. He applied to and subsequently attended Texas A&M University where he joined the Corps and pretty much majored in playing 42 at the Dixie Chicken. Between domino games he managed to form a band, record a CD, and develop the misguided impression that a career in music would be fun, lucrative, and easy. Having already developed the habit of running off to the far corners of Texas no matter how dismal they may be; he found himself at the acclaimed country & bluegrass program at South Plains College. Unfortunately, he also found himself in Levelland, Texas. See James McMurtry for an accurate description. Having nothing better to do, he drank lots of beer, played even more guitar, and met his brothers. Namely Matt Skinner and Adam Odor who presently enjoy the fame and riches Dub so longed for during his stint as the king of panhandle classic rock. Along with others including but not limited to Jeremy Watkins, Les Lawless, Calib Bruce, Josh Hamilton, a couple of chicks who lived with the band for a while and one dead rattlesnake they moved to San Marcos to seek the previously mentioned but still elusive fame and riches. Shortly thereafter, Dub met Doug Moreland and Brady Black and still wonders why he makes friends with fiddle players. From 1997 to 2004, Dub Miller and the Highway 6 Band helped to blaze the trail that others would follow and is generally accepted and one of the architects of what has become the "Texas Country/Red Dirt" scene as it is known today. His debut album "American Troubadour" is considered by some to be a Texas Country classic. After banging it out in the clubs and beer joints all those years he achieved a modicum of fame, almost no riches, and began to long for a domestic lifestyle. Wife, children, family, that sort of thing. Also, he didn't particularly care for fame as he found it difficult to make small talk with strangers. See the previously mentioned upbringing for insight on this matter. In 2004 he applied to and subsequently attended The South Texas College of Law in downtown Houston, Texas. After completing two years of law school, he decided that being a lawyer was going to be a drag and just as subsequently dropped out. So he loaded up a flat bed trailer and moved his life, and plans for the future to New Braunfels, Texas where Dub joined the Dickson Productions team as Operations Manager and general manipulator of the chaos. The Music Fest at Steamboat Colorado is among the biggest of chaos's he has manipulated. Dub stands before you today neither a lawyer, nor a concert promoter and is currently enjoying himself perusing a hopeless pipe-dream as a rocker. He has joined a band with the aforementioned Skinner and Odor along with Meagan Jones, John Ross Silva, and Brian Beken. He blames law school for the annoying tendency to use words like “aforementioned”. The band is called 11 Bones. He feels like he is back in his old high school garage band and is having a gas, gas, gas… He still hates chickens.
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Dub Miller  10/06/2000            
True Brown
I saw Dub at Shadow Canyon here in College Station and it was awesome!! It was the first live Dub show that I have been to, but it for sure won't be the last! If you ever get a chance, go check him out live...action-packed and energy-filled!! Strongly rivals a Pat Green showand that says a lot!
Dub Miller  07/15/2000            
I saw Dub and his Highway 6 Band play at a real small bar in Gainesville on the eighth of July, and they were damn good. They played songs from everybody - from Buddy Holly to Bob Wills, from Robert Earl Keen to Billy Joe Shaver. It was a helluva good time, and if you buy the band drinks at the break, they play FASTER as the level of intoxication increases. We bought his album, and he is a writer. His strength, it seems to me, is in the story song tradition - kind of like Tom T. Hall, he can write songs that tell you about a person of some shit that happened, and it can make you laugh or cry or feel like you were there. It's a gift, and he's got a good band. They're worth going to see.
Dub Miller  06/30/2000            
Excellent song writting. Some of the best to come along since the likes of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Dub's authentic Texas style truly comes from the heart.
Dub Miller  06/22/2000            
Shannon Heaton
Dub Miller is a thief. Pure and simple. All the best song writers will tell you that they are thieves, too. And Dub Miller only takes from the best things the Texas Music tradition has to offer. On "American Troubadour", Dub Miller conjures up smoky honky-tonks, just south of legal escapades, an elderly East Texas gentleman, an aging mercenary, and undying love all with equal clarity. Dub Miller, along with members of his Highway 6 Band and production from legend Lloyd Maines and crew, has put together an album full of color and vitality. In Texas, where the music world has been beset by half-hearted album attempts as of late, Miller has set himself apart by doing things better than the other guys. Miller realizes that when it comes to country music nothing is new and everything old is new again. The difference is Dub Miller wouldn't have it any other way. From "American Troubadour"'s first song the listener knows what it is they're in for. With "These Old Boots" Mr. Miller may very well be describing his own traditional style of music. "These old boot's are cracked and dusty, and worn out on the ends, But they've walked with me a thousand miles and they've become my friends." he sings. Right up front letting the world know that he intends on carrying on the country tradition and honky tonk burdens of his musical heroes past and present. As if we still were not convinced "The Dancer" does it for us again. Only better. This is the stuff Jack Ingram is riding all the way to the bank. Miller's song of an elderly east Texas man still dancing his life away fueled by the adoration of all the women whose hearts he's stolen on the dance floor. This song is ripe and ready for hot summer dance halls. By the time the fiddles kick in you'll have taken on this southern gentleman's philosophy for a happy life. On "Postcards From Paris"(written with Clay McIntosh) Miller gives us a hint of what he can do with a sad song, and a voice that may soon rival the Robison brothers ( Bruce and Charlie ) for communicating pure heartache. On "End Of Story" He let's these gifts fly, singing, "And I can't tell where my heartache ends and your's begins. But, now darling how will our story end." The effect might well make any Texan weep. The desperation of the character's regret shown more in the voice than the words. The anguish within the song betrayed more by Dub's subtle phrasing than by the words themselves. This summer, it is likely that many a tear will fall across Texas in time with these songs. With tunes like "Nine Miles North of Mason" and "Paying The Fiddler" (co- written with Miller's Highway 6 Band guitar player Matt Skinner) Miller sings story songs to make many of his contemporaries quit the business altogether. On the former Miller sings of an oil field worker who loses his hand in an accident but refuses to give in. This song is a beautiful daydream for every working man who has ever felt picked upon by fate, the company they give their lives to, their neighbors, the law, and the modern world in general. Story's this good are usually found on Robert Earl Keen CD's. The latter song more closely resembles the work of Mark David Manders. "Paying The Fiddler" is the story of an aging mercenary who left "McArthur's side." The character trading the glory and notoriety of an American hero for the freedom and easy money of being a soldier of hire. Now growing old in obscurity and realizing the fighting is finally over for him he seems to be questioning this decision. "Do they know of all the deeds he's done or know of the battles won. Now he's too old to fight and know one really cares." Dub Miller sings "Of the scars that his battered body bears" as if he carried a few of his own. To put together an album this good at such a young age I believe he must. Pay close attention folks. This is only Dub's first album. There are no doubt years of great song writing ahead.
Dub Miller  06/17/2000            
Dub Miller's voice echoes the legends that have come before him, and he stays true to the tradition. This man IS Texas. Dub Miller is not another Jack Ingram/Pat Green ripoff. This CD has the same flavor of Guy Clark's, "Texas Cookin." Just one listen to Dub Miller and it is obvious that like Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen, he is going to be around a long time.
Dub Miller  06/11/2000            
This CD is well written and a great buy between "postcard from Paris and 9 miles north of Mason" it covers all song types it is a great CD.
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