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Milan Miller, Thomm Jutz & Buddy Melton
Saturday, February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Madison County Arts Council presents award-winning songwriters,
Milan Miller and Thom Jutz on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 pm.
Ticket information at (828) 649-1301 or use the PayPal link at the bottom of this page.
“We are excited to feature these guys who’s songs are topping the bluegrass and Americana charts. Milan is a local boy from Haywood County and Thom is from the bluegrass hotbed of Germany,” remarked Laura Boosinger, Executive Director of the Madison County Arts Council. “We couldn’t be happier to present them together at the Historic Depot.”
Milan Miller, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, often jokes that he first moved to Nashville in 1999 because he “heard they were running out of guitar players,” but with light speed picking and his trusty tenor voice, he has built a reputation as a first call sideman and collaborator. Traveling the world, Milan has made appearances at venues ranging from Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater to Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California, and from the Grand Ole Opry to Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra. As a songwriter, Milan’s songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in Bluegrass, ranging from the traditional sounds of Balsam Range to the progressive leanings of the Steep Canyon Rangers. The fruits of this labor have yielded thirteen number one songs in the genre, a steady stream of others that have graced the top twenty, and two nominations each for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Thomm Jutz, his name is right there, on the songwriting credits of four #1 bluegrass hits since April, 2016. And his name is on nine other top-20 bluegrass songs over the same period.
That name — Thomm Jutz – is also right after the word “Producer,” on more than twenty albums over the past five years. Albums by Country Music Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman, folk legend Nanci Griffith, fabled country-punk Jason Ringenberg, Grammy-nominated duo Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Otis Gibbs and many more. It’s a name no one in Nashville would know if 11-year-old Thomm hadn’t been sitting in front of his parents’ television on October 1, 1981, in Buehl, Germany, when the weekly program “It’s Country Time mit Freddy Quinn” came on. Allowed to stay up, Thomm watched Freddy Quinn’s guest that Thursday night — renegade country artist Bobby Bare — sing two of his biggest hits, “Detroit City” and “Tequila Sheila.” That’s when everything changed for Thomm. His lifelong interest in the American Civil War led him to writing songs about the conflict, songs that turned into three volumes of music titled The 1861 Project. Each volume focuses on one chapter of the war and features such stellar artists as John Anderson, Marty Stuart, Jerry Douglas, and… Bobby Bare. These three albums have been described as musical historical novels “that suggest the Stanley Brothers and Alison Krauss meeting Steve Earle and Shelby Foote on the verandah at Tara.” In writing these sublime original tunes about the Civil War, Thomm has added his name to the short list of writers, such as Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov, whose works in their second language of English are as evocative as anything a native speaker can conjure.
Joining Milan and Thomm will be long-time collaborator and local favorite, Buddy Melton, a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the year, Balsam Range. “Buddy was also awarded IBMA’s Male vocalist of the year this year. His velvety smooth vocals feature all of the edginess of our mountains and the smoothness of a clear, rushing mountain stream.” Rolling Stone magazine just featured Balsam Range as one of hottest acts around – read HERE!
Don’t miss this great evening of songwriting and singing!
Tickets at (828) 649-1301