Personalities | Buddy Miller | Alt. Country & The Bluegrass Revival
(Vocals, guitar, b. 1952)
Miller is short and stocky, just like Buck Owens, and applies a similar thick hillbilly twang to similar down-to-earth, hard-country songs. Julie Miller (vocals, b. 1956) is as tall and willowy as Joni Mitchell, and writes the same sort of poetic, folk-rock songs for the same sort of reedy soprano. They make an unlikely couple, but even when they release solo albums, they help each other out with songwriting, harmony singing, arranging and production. They met in Austin in 1976, played music with Jim Lauderdale and Shawn Colvin in New York in 1980, married in Waco in 1981, moved to California where Buddy played sessions and Julie recorded four Christian-pop albums and finally moved to Nashville in 1993 to record their remarkable run of secular alt.-country albums.
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