This recording was originally released as an LP in 1975 by Kicking Mule Records. That pressing sold out in a few years and it was unavailable in any format for over 25 years until its re-release on CD by Fantasy Records in the mid 1990s. Many professional finger style guitarists and critics have cited Fingerpicking Rags as an important and influencial work.
Fantasy was sold in 2006 and this CD, along with many others, has been discontinued. The copies here on CDBaby are among the last few still available. New copies on Amazon are selling for around $30 now. It can't be downloaded from here for legal reasons, but it is available on iTunes (The link is to the left at the bottom).
Miller's new CD Time Goes By has updated and expanded versions of many of these tunes. It is for sale here at CDBaby and is downloadable from here, iTunes and other sites.
Miller was born in Washington, D.C. He began playing guitar during the "folk boom" of the early 1960s. His biggest influence soon became John Fahey, the first person to record LPs of steel string guitar solos.
He was Kicking Mule Records best selling American based artist through-out the 1970s. From 1983 to 2000 he was co-owner of Noe Valley Music, a guitar shop in San Francisco.
He occasionally writes articles for music related magazines, most often Acoustic Guitar Magazine.