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The Wooten Brothers play Jefferson Center on Saturday night. Jayna Brown, a Music Lab at Jefferson Center student and a beast of a young singer, opens the show. Get show details at Top Tickets and read more about the Wootens and Brown in Saturday’s Extra section.
On this podcast, Drummer Roy “Future Man” Wooten — who with bassist brother Victor is the rhythm section for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones — discusses the brothers’ history and his philosophies about life and drums.
Scott Miller, whose new CD, “Big Big World,” was No. 8 on the most recent Americana radio chart, plays Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Saturday. Get show details in Thursday’s Top Tickets page in The Roanoke Times or at music.roanoke.com.
Miller has played Roanoke with more frequency over the past couple of years, in part because he lives closer. He moved back to the family farm, in Swoope (near Staunton), recently to take over from his elderly father. So the overalls in the picture are not a vanity (though they do appear very clean; I kid Miller).
We talk about Miller’s life on the cattle farm, and how that impacts his music business adventures. And we talk about his recent sobriety. The Daily Times of Maryville, Tenn., via writer Steve Wildsmith, provides the background for this conversation.
Among the bigger challenges Miller has faced is being comfortable onstage again. He first sought help in October 2010.
“You think that you’ve got to reach some sort of transcendental state to spew your art,” he said, but in reality “it’s the exact opposite of that.”
Miller said he learned that he could be a better performer with more control over his faculties.
“I’m at home with my cows, and I’m at home on a stage, with a microphone — away from people,” the not-truly-misanthropic Miller said. “These last two years have been my most enjoyable as far as playing or performing anything. It took me a year after getting sober to learn to do it again, to learn to be comfortable again, and to realize this is what I do and this is where I’m supposed to be, and enjoy it, dipshit.”
Yep, Miller is still an entertainer.
Cindy Blackman Santana brings her band to the Jefferson Center Jazz Club series on Saturday, at the venue’s rehearsal hall. Read more about Santana in Thursday’s Inside Out cover story, in The Roanoke Times or via music.roanoke.com.
NOTE: We have bumped this podcast to the top of the blog, but it was first published in 2011. The Steamroller returns to Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre on Sunday. Read more, get show details via music.roanoke.com.
Composer Chip Davis has made a very nice niche for himself, combining classical and pop themes for the Christmas music of his brainchild, Mannheim Steamroller.
The act, which recently released ”Christmas Symphony,” on Friday returns to Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. Read more about the 2011 show.
In this podcast, Davis discusses his act’s multi-generational appeal, “Mannheiming” music from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” the back surgery that has stopped him from performing and the business advantages that the performance layoff has provided.
David Mayfield Parade plays Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Friday. Read our story in Thursday’s Inside Out or at roanoke.com/living. Podcast includes streaming music from the act’s latest CD, “Good Man Down.”
Sarah Siskind and Travis Book play Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Saturday. Get show details in Thursday’s Top Tickets page, in The Roanoke Times Inside Out section, or online via music.roanoke.com, and read a full story in Saturday’s Extra section.
Corey Hunley plays a CD release party for his new disc, “Red to the Bone,” on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Kirk Avenue Music Hall. Get details in Tuesday’s Extra section of The Roanoke Times or go to music.roanoke.com.
Mountain Heart plays a sold-out show on Saturday at the Rives Theatre, Martinsville. The band’s lead singer, keyboardist and guitarist Josh Shilling grew up in Henry County, which explains in part why that show sold out quite a while back. The other explainer — this band is just doggone good.
On this podcast, we visit with Shilling, as we always enjoy doing, and he has great news — his longtime girlfriend, Aleah Dillon, is pregnant with the couple’s first child. Congrats to them! We also stream music from Shilling’s solo CD, “Letting Go.” He says he’ll have “a truckload of” those CDs and will be happy to sign em for the home folks, fans and friends.
Megan Jean and the Klay (rhymes with “sly”) Family Band plays Martin’s Downtown on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Curtis Eller’s American Circus, featuring former Roanoker Louis Landry on drums and keys, opens the show. Read more in Thursday’s Extra section or at music.roanoke.com.