Audiogon, meet Buddy Miller.


Some of you may be familiar with the name, others not. Buddy is very active in what is referred to as the Americana genre. That just means all things American: Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, Jump Blues, Folk, Hillbilly, Country & Western, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Rock ’n’ Roll (the "real" stuff, from the 1950’s), Tin Pan Alley, Power Pop, Singer/Songwriter, even Jazz (though to a lesser degree). Perhaps most importantly, it’s practitioners make their music with art given priority over it’s commercial potential. Very little of it ever makes it onto radio or TV, and spreads mostly by word-of-mouth, including here on Audiogon.

Buddy is a solo artist with a bunch of albums to his credit, as well as partner with his singer/songwriter wife Julie Miller (who, like Buddy, Sam Phillips, and Sam’s ex-husband T Bone Burnett, came to Secular Music from the world of Contemporary Christian Music. Don’t let that scare you off! 😉 ). Buddy and Julie also have a number of albums made together, most of the songs written by Julie.

Buddy has also serves as Emmylou Harris’ guitarist, harmony singer, bandleader, and sometimes producer. He has also produced a number of other superior artists, including Robert Plant, Richard Thompson, Solomon Burke, The War & Treaty (Michael & Tanya Trotter), Ralph Stanley, Loretta Lynn, Allison Moorer, Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Greg Trooper, and The Wood Brothers. He does a lot of his recording in his home studio, which takes up the entire bottom floor of his Victorian house in Nashville.


Here’s a video interview of Buddy done in his studio:


And here’s another interview regarding his guitar and amp gear:




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Mama mia;  that's an amazing range of tones he gets out of that Italian guitar...

I was lucky to see him live up close years ago at a small music festival here in NFla.....great talent and great records 

I saw him on a tour called Three Girls and Their Buddy (I think that was the name).  It had Emmylou, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin.  Needless to say, it was outstanding.  I think the show was rescheduled because Buddy had a heart attack.

The videos were really great- thanks for the introduction to Buddy, his legacy, and his gear- all most impressive. I loved the Hofner guitar!

And for the guitar players out there, I googled Scott Baxendale - here is a link to his work restoring and greatly improving old Harmony and Kay guitars:

Considering the age of those guitars and his labor to convert them, his prices seem very fair. JMHO. I have no affiliation with him other than envy.

How cool! Now it’s time to search for his music on Qobuz.

Thanks for sharing.


Buddy is not only a very unique guitarist with a style all his own, but he is also a really, really good singer.

And then there is his producing. He manages to get a recorded sound unlike any other I have ever heard. It is a very "alive" sound, with all the "brashness" of live music. Lots of presence, and lots of room sound. His recording of drums is particularly good, with the most realistic cymbal sound I have heard outside of direct-to-disc LP’s. Very "big" sounding recordings, but free of "bloat" (Born To Run, anyone? 😉)

When ya’ll get some of his records---or listen to the albums of others that he played on---you will recognize the sound of the instruments he plays in these two videos.


In the 1970’s and 80’s Dave Edmunds was my single favorite music maker---as a solo artist singing and playing a 1958 Gibson dot-neck ES335, a band member (Rockpile), or producer (K.D. Lang, The Stray Cats, The Flamin’ Groovies, The Everly Brothers, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Nick Lowe, Motorhead, Foghat, Man, a few others), he was the man. That position is now filled by Buddy Miller. Dave has retired and returned to Wales, after having triple-bypass heart surgery a while back.

I attended a show in Boston in 2000 featuring Emmylou and Linda Ronstadt supporting their Tucson Sessions: Western Wall collaboration.  The band featured Buddy on bass, Bernie Leadon on guitar, Greg Leisz on dobro, and a young drummer who was the son of a well known musician…I can’t remember.  The performance was among the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to hear.  The band was impeccably led by Mr. Miller, and the songbirds were divine.

Cool he has LXmini Linkwitz® Lab Speakers. I have been thinking of getting the kit along with the subs myself.

I'm a Buddy Miller (even more Buddy and Julie) fanatic. Their music is the most emotionally evocative I've ever heard. There's a new album coming out in a few weeks. 

Buddy records everything in his home studio which is primarily his living room. When you listen to his productions you are literally hearing that room. If you listen closely you can hear singers moving closer and further from the mic. It's magical. 

Here's a good article with some pictures. 

SPOTLIGHT: Come Along as Buddy Miller Shows Aaron Lee Tasjan around His Home Studio - No Depression

Attended an Emmylou concert some years ago where she and Buddy were the only performers. They went through so many of Emmylou's classics. An amazing show. Great venue with excellent acoustics. I am a big Emmylou fan and her work with Buddy opened up his music to me.

I also attended the concert of Three Girls and Their Buddy.

To say to was awesome would be an understatement.

One of the best shows I've ever seen.

Marvelous voices and man, what a talent of musicians!!!


My first exposure to Buddy Miller was in Emmylou's backup band when I first saw one of her shows many years ago. He's also played with Lucinda Williams (my favorite singer of all time) quite a bit. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Nashville to catch one of Lu's Car Wheels anniversary shows at the Ryman in 2019(?), and Buddy sat in on several songs.

Buddy's recording catalog as a performer is huge, but if you really want to be impressed check out his Majestic Silver Strings album. Guest vocalists include, among others, Emmylou, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Leann Womack. The "silver strings" who play on the album with Buddy are Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz and Marc Ribot. Doesn't get much better than that group!

Out today from Buddy & Julie Miller, tune in to "I’ll Never Live It Down," from their forthcoming album, In The Throes.

In Buddy’s own words: "This is a song about capricious love and the heartbreak it brings. Sometimes Julie will write a song for me and I need to live in it a while – both as a singer and guitar player. We recorded the ’demo’ in the upstairs studio that pocket doors open into from our bedroom. Julie couldn’t help but hear as I learned and tried to develop the song..." Read more from The Bluegrass Situation.

Buddy & Julie Miller will release In The Throes on September 22. The 12-song set was produced by Buddy Miller and features Emmylou Harris, Regina McCrary, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Gurf Morlix, and Matt Slocum of Sixpence None the Richer.

Fantastic info, all. And I am SO envious of those who have seen Buddy and/or Julie live!

I have managed to see another artist working on Buddy’s level live: Rodney Crowell, accompanied by Steuart Smith on electric guitar and harmony vocals and the master musician Jerry Scheff (Elvis, T Bone, L.A. studios) on electric bass, just the three of them sitting on stools on the stage at The Roxy Theater on Sunset Blvd. in 2001. The place was full of other artists, including Dave Alvin, who was sitting at the table next to mine, watching the three of them like a hawk.

And a few weeks ago I once again saw Iris DeMent at the Aladdin Theater, a beautiful medium-sized and great-sounding Art Deco room in Portland Oregon. She was as always just wonderful, this time accompanied by two young women on electric guitar (a beautiful red Gretsch 5120) and electric upright bass. One of my very favorite songwriters and singers. I'd love for her to make an album with Buddy producing!

I’m so grateful and happy to still be alive at a time when so much good music is being made. No, it’s not on radio or TV, but so what? Neither were the hippie or punk bands.

Yes, discovered him and his wife a long time ago. Great artist and guitarist. Actually, discovered his wife first (Invisible Girl), then him. What a resume he has! He's been at an Americana festival called Merlefest in NC a few times. Sounded great live. 

One of my favorites! Saw him way back in SF at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, closing the show with Emmylou Harris. Just the two of them, incredible voices, incredible sounds out of his strange arsenal of guitars and mandolins, going through a Vox amp... divine!