Scottie Miller Band review…August 4, 2017….

SCOTTIE MILLER BAND

STAY ABOVE WATER

BURNED ALL MY BRIDGES–KEEP THIS GOOD THING GOING (FEAT. RUTHIE FOSTER)–STAY ABOVE WATER–FALTER–SAME PAGE–IT BETTER GROOVE–GUARDIAN ANGEL–CIRCLES–IT’S WHAT YOU DO–RIPPIN AND RUNNIN–COME ALONG–GOODBYE

Scottie Miller is a master songwriter and vocalist, who is proficient on a plethora of instruments.  On his latest release, “Stay Above Water,” you’ll find him on all keys and mandolin, along with the remaining band members who include Mark O’Day on drums, Patrick Allen on guitar and vocals, and Dik Shopteau on bass and vocals.  Over the course of these twelve originals, one will find elements of blues, New Orleans-flavored soul, and Americana, and, you just might learn a life lesson or two along the way.

The set opens with a scorcher–the blues-rock swagger of “Burned All My Bridges,” ’cause “I’ve been blacklisted and my whole life’s been twisted!”  The title cut features Scottie’s mandolin, and serves as a reminder not to get too caught up in the things of the world,  and “keep above the deep pool.”

He hits that New Orleans groove for the positive message of “It’s What You Do,” and keeps on strokin’ on the story of the lure of easy money and street hustlin’, as well as the consequences in the end with “Rippin And Runnin,” featuring some funky, Sixties-ish keyboards from Scottie.  And, he closes the set on a rather somber note.  Perhaps the toughest of all human emotions is coping with loss, and Scottie tries to ease that pain with “Goodbye.”

Scottie co-wrote a gospel song with Ruthie Foster a while back, “I Was Called,” and  she returns the favor by adding duet vocals on the good-time strut of a story about hanging on to love, “Keep This Good Thing Going.”   And, the good times keep rolling on a tune made for the dancers, “It Better Groove,” with a cool Dr. John vibe going on!

It’s no wonder Scottie Miller is in the Minnesota Blues Hall Of Fame, and has toured as Ruthie Foster’s keys man for several years.  Insightful lyrics, danceable grooves, and musicianship of the highest order is what you’ll get with “Stay Above Water.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Thank you for the very thoughtful review Don and Sheryl! All the best to you both. https://youtu.be/RNbOIXt0SVE

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