Depreciated- John R. Miller
John R. Miller may not have been born in Texas, but his music fits right into the Texas Country genre that I know and love.
Miller grew up near the Potomac River in the panhandle of West Virginia. He found an affection for country music at a young age- primarily singer-songwriter stuff. His tastes in music are remarkably like mine. Tastes including the trifecta of superstars that we lost last year during the Pandemic. Prine- and Texas own Shaver and JJ Walker. John R Miller’s website https://jrmillermusic.com/press also lists Texas gods like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt as some of his biggest influences. The bio goes onto to say that Oklahoma bred J.J. Cale a forerunner in the Tulsa sound was the biggest influence in Miller’s music.
“I wrote most of these songs after finding myself single and without a band for the first time in a long while,”John R. Miller
At Midnight today, 7/16/2021, John R. Miller released his latest piece of work, his newest album, “Depreciated.” The soulful self-reflecting lyrics throughout this album tell the stories of Miller’s home in the Shenandoah Valley and the reasons why he can’t go back there. “Depreciated,” is a long way to come for a guy who used to record his songs on a blank cassette tape. This mix of country, rock and blues takes a trip to the hard facts of life, no matter where you came from be it the desert in West Texas or the lush green hills of West by God Virginia.
Rounder Records states Miller’s reaction to the new record in John R. Miller’s own words, “I wrote most of these songs after finding myself single and without a band for the first time in a long while,” Miller says. “I stumbled to Nashville and started to figure things out, so a lot of these have the feel of closing a chapter.”
The album is definitely worth the time to take a listen to for music fans everywhere. It is one that I am gonna be spinning for a long time to come.