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