Clayton Miller Blues Band
The CLAYTON MILLER BLUES BAND, featuring dad Larry Miller on bass, with his sons Clayton on lead guitar, Cole on drums and vocals, and LD on harmonica, will be performing at Thrasher Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The two youngest brothers, Cole and LD, have also recently performed on the summer's runaway hit "America's Got Talent"! on NBC, and are only serious Arts venue Artists in the finals on this #1 show on TV!
Typically, there are a lot of things families do together, but with the exception of the Jacksons, Hansons, and the Osmonds, few families have a successful band together. But, as Don Seybold of Purdue University coined introducing them, “this ain’t the Osmonds, baby.” This is a family that sings the blues together and had shared the stage with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mississippi Heat, Buddy Guy BB King, James Cotton, Walter Trout, The Nighthawks, Urge and Ricky Skaggs all before the oldest brother’s 19th birthday!
But while audiences are amazed by the novelty of a band that consists of dad Larry on bass, brothers Clayton, on guitar and vocals, Cole, on drums and vocals and L.D. just 13, wailing on the harmonica, they come away captivated by musical chops that any blues musician of any age would be proud of. Clayton’s guitar playing has been compared to the early genius of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and his vocal maturity is well beyond his years. Cole’s drumsticks are a natural extension of him and his vocals are already developing an old blues man’s power and passion. L.D.’s harmonica skills have amazed the best in the business and on his own he’s been invited to sit in with some of Blues’ biggest names.
The charm and allure of a young family band certainly packs the house at Colleges, clubs and festivals, but innate talent, hard work and rocking crazy musicianship brings audience to their feet dancing and applauding.
This is a band that was ‘born’ not made, and while they have been together all their lives, they moved beyond the singing around the campfire stage in 1999, when Clayton left his alternative band he had been fronting since the age of 15 and took up the family passion for the Blues. In less than a year, they were playing throughout the Midwest and had been asked to appear on no fewer than 10 TV shows and had features written on them in no fewer than 25 newspapers in Indiana and Illinois alone. Playing music as a family is very unique in a sense, but having this level of talent all in one family is now garnering them worldwide attention in the Blues world and beyond.
Since then, the band has shared the stage with the greatest names in Blues and headlined many important music festivals on their own. They got big news recently when they were selected for the Blues Deluxe Radio program. This is a program that is aired on 100 radio stations around the world and they are wedged in the play list comfortably between B.B. King and Bob Dylan. They are the only band on the play list that doesn’t yet have a record label listed after it, but this won’t be the case for long.
After running away with the on-site selected showcase at NACA Nationals, they were featured by Campus Activities Magazine in their April cover story as the Hottest New Act of the College Circuit nationwide. They played over 100 colleges in their first year, and have been burning up the festival, corporate and club circuits as well.
Most recently, LD and Cole won second place on the runaway summer hit on NBC “America's Got Talent.”
Tickets for this special concert, sponsored by Condon Total Comfort, Heidel House and Two Chez, are only $20 and going very fast ….so you better get yours soon! Available at Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug and Pick ‘n Save (Ripon); and Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber of Commerce, or by calling (920)294-4279. For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.thrasheroperahouse.com.