Q&A with Scott Miller

What was the first concert you attended?  John Prine. I was behind all my classmates in the “first show” contest. Most of them went to Roanoke for Van Halen’s 1984 Tour. They all came back to school with the “Van Halen Kicks Ass” shirts and the principal made them turn them inside out. I was into folk music anyway at that time; I was busy checking out books from the library on Pete Seeger and other communists. “John Prine Kicks Ass” would be a t-shirt I would be proud to wear…

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What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience?   The key work here is “memorable”. Or one I actually remember. Getting the tour bus searched by secret service was interesting. We were playing an event attended by then President Bush (II) and Queen Elizabeth (II) so they had bomb sniffing dogs, etc. One of the dogs alerted and they stormed the bus while we stood in a line with guns pointed at us by not so happy agents. They came off the bus with a chicken leg….

What did you want to be when you were growing up?   A professional football player. I even walked around with my shoulders hunched up like I was wearing shoulder pads. Sad thing is, there is a time in every man’s life when he realizes he ain’t gonna play pro ball— even if he HAS played pro ball. Sooner or later, we are all told. So now I write songs and sing ‘em and raise cows and sell ‘em.

Cat person, dog person, or both?   Full of hope, full of grace is the canine face. I like cats too. But my dogs find them delicious…. Of course, they’d have to get off their asses to actually catch one but you can see the killer instinct they possess…

Books or movies?  Most folks are gonna lie and say “book” here but I’m gonna shoot you straight. MOVIES. And not some depressing independent movie about someone poor and rural…might as well make a movie about a singer/songwriter who tours with a guy named Big Al and raises cattle while he takes care of his elderly parents…I’ve seen real life. I want car chases. I want explosions. I want boobs ( although I am more of leg man). I want to forget about real life and be entertained for 2 hours while munching down popcorn with so much butter poured on it that I might have a coronary before the final credits roll…..

Catch Scott Miller at Jammin' Java Sunday, July 19th!