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Bill Miller

The strength of the Native American people and the hardships of their lives are captured through the folk-like balladry of Nashville-based singer/songwriter Bill Miller. Miller's best-known tune, "Tumbleweed," co-written with Peter Rowan and included on Rowan's 1990 album Dust Bowl Children, reflects on a memorable Native American character; Trail of Freedom, however, focuses on alcoholism among Native Americans.

The son of Mohican-German parents, Miller was born on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in northern Wisconsin. Music played an essential role in tribal life, and Miller, whose Mohican name is Fush-Ya Heay Aka (meaning "bird song"), learned to sing traditional songs at an early age. The sounds of nature including the howling of coyotes and the hooting of owls were also influential. Contemporary popular music, however, had a powerful effect on Miller's musical evolution. An enthusiastic fan of the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles, Miller often traveled into town to buy records.

At the age of 12, Miller acquired his first guitar. His first gig came when he sat in with a cousin's polka band. Although he played in a teenaged rock & roll/Top 40 band for two years, he tired of pop music. Trading his electric guitar for an acoustic, Miller began to play folk music and bluegrass. A musical turning point came when Miller attended a Pete Seeger concert shortly after leaving the reservation to study art at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse (he later attended the Lake School of Art and Design in Milwaukee). The experience inspired Miller, who moved to Nashville in 1984, to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter.

Miller's biggest break came when Tori Amos asked him to be her opening act on her Under the Pink tour of the United States. The tour, which sold out venues across the country, was extended to over 200 shows.

Although he mostly accompanies his baritone vocals on acoustic guitar, Miller has mastered the Native American flute. His 1991 album Loon, Mountain and Moon was a showcase of traditional Native American flute songs. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Hi cousin! I would love to see you at the Stockbridge- M u n s e e , Mohican PowWow this coming up summer. :-)
if the creator has anything more beautiful than this he kept it for himself because we can not handle it.

I love this music
Keep up the good work bill miller
I love this bill miller you are good you help my husband and I sleep at night and I Ty so much
al8835
Bill Miller is is a master guitarist whose truth comes from personal pain and on through to perseverance . I've had the pleasure of speaking with him at length, and he is as true as his music. A very class musician and human being.
Native people that play white religion songs are lost souls that need to try & find there roots! We tried the white way & were killing are mother earth! It sounds like a evil song when I hear those white lies! INDNUP! Fast before we lose are mother!
amazing enjoy nashville
love the music it would be a great blessing to meet him and others like him I am a Pima from the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona
Just discovered your music on Pandora. You are an amazing artist, thank you for your beautiful music. You are blessed!
klittleeagle
Love bill miller because i am native american and i will always be one i am full- blooded crow and lakota aho
missy1919
Amazing performer, wonderful human being. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Bill!
Áxáláane’ee, yéego ánít’í! Nizhónígo naniné! Axéhee’! Sincerest Greetings, keep on keeping on! You play beautiful music! Thank You!
mysticmaggie 6 1
I LOVE Bill Miller's music! He was a featured artist in a cultural series at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. I was hooked immediately. His messages are simply about the human experiences. Simple. Sincere. Sacred. .
kathip1
Love BILL MILLER !! I was fortunate to meet him on plane to Montana years ago and then saw him several times in Milwaukee, Wi. A wonderful sincere man...God Bless.
one sky above us, one people here below... Wado Kekasuyeta !
I have seen him perform many times. Wish he would come back to New England again.
I really enjoy his Music...
tambafaye
First heard him back in the 90's on the ojibway radio station in Hayward, Wisconsin. Love his way of blending his native/euro background.
i love it! and this is young thunder fox, lonewolf's friend
I just heard bill Miller speak and play on RFD TV and am moved by his Spirit and style. To find words to describe him would bankrupt the English language.
datadiver08
I live in La Crosse where he went to college. I have met Bill Miller a number of times and in addition to being a superior musician, he is a very down to earth, personable gentleman.

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